14 october 2013 earned itself a place in the annals of asian fashion history as the date of the inauguration of the asian couture federation.
new york has the CFDA, london has their BFC , italy – the camera nazionale della moda italiana – and paris, la federation francaise de la couture, du pret-a-porter des couturiers et des createurs de mode. and various asian countries have their respective fashion associations, all working tirelessly for the common cause of fashion. the asian couture federation aims to be a collective body to coordinate and assist these asian entities, to promote asian fashion designers on a global scale ….. and about time too …. asia is home to some of the most amazingly skilled designers who practise the highest form of couture – guo pei, junko koshino, michael cinco, sebastian gunawan and frederick lee, to name but a few.
the board is headed by the legendary kenzo takada, as honorary chairman, and frank cintamani, chairman of fide fashion weeks, and includes ( joining the luminaries above ) korean designers songzio and lie sang bong, and japanese yumi katsura and keita maruyama.
i am humbled and indeed privileged to be invited to sit on the board as a governor, amongst such greats, sharing a common goal to further the cause of the asian fashion scene, as well as extend a nurturing hand to incubate the next generation of design talents in the company of greatness – with sebastian gunawan, lie sang bong, frederick lee and michael cinco with ACF founder / president dr frank cintamani, fellow governor dr georgia lee and fashion personality jeannie mai at the ACF gala backstage with couturiers michael cinco , yumi katsura , sebastian gunawan and junko koshino my team – sabrina garcia , dominic min clarke, bryan gamboa and sam yeo – with korean designer song zio