What is fashion? As a fashion icon, Audrey Hepburn once said, "Fashion reflects our time and the trends of our time; fashion is also a mirror that reflects our moods." Fashion involves the designer's aesthetics, the wearer's tastes, the observer's interpretation and the society's norms. Thanks to a group of local fashion designers who, with their international perspectives and boundless creativity, have been leading the trade to develop, Hong Kong has seen half a century of remarkable fashion history.
Those who are interested in learning more about the development of local fashion design should not miss the new exhibition entitled "Fashion Visionaries" to be held at the Hong Kong Heritage Museum from tomorrow (November 5) until March 12 next year. Showing the amazing works of iconic Hong Kong fashion designers, art and image directors, fashion photographers, illustrators and young fashion designers, along with photos and information of models in the field, the exhibition offers an opportunity for visitors to review the development of Hong Kong's fashion design industry over the past 50 years as well as the diversified creative industry of Hong Kong.
The exhibition is presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) and the Hong Kong Fashion Designers Association (HKFDA), organised by the Hong Kong Heritage Museum and the HKFDA, and fully supported by Create Hong Kong.
An opening ceremony for the exhibition was held today (November 4). Officiating guests were the Permanent Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development (Communications and Technology), Miss Elizabeth Tse; the Director of Leisure and Cultural Services, Mrs Betty Fung; the Head of Create Hong Kong, Mr Jerry Liu; the Chairman of the Hong Kong Fashion Designers Association, Mr Kevin Yeung; and the Chief Curator of the Hong Kong Heritage Museum, Ms Belinda Wong.
Speaking at the opening ceremony, Mrs Fung said fashion has been part of the major collections of the Hong Kong Heritage Museum and pointed out that the museum has organised a number of exhibitions and activities related to this theme including "Fashion Parade: Women's Wears in Changing Hong Kong", "The Golden Age of Couture: Paris and London 1947-1957" and "Fashion Attitude - Hong Kong Fashion Design". She said that the LCSD and the HKFDA have worked together to present the "Fashion Visionaries" exhibition to showcase the development of Hong Kong's fashion design industry over the past 50 years, as well as the culture and achievements of the creative industry in Hong Kong.
The "Fashion Visionaries" exhibition was one of the most important programmes presented by the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region at the World Expo 2010 Shanghai China. It presented to the world the dynamic development of Hong Kong's fashion industry and showcased the distinguished design and achievements of the field. After unprecedented success in Shanghai, the LCSD and the HKFDA are presenting the exhibition, with some new exhibits added, to the local audience in a brand new way.
The exhibition showcases more than 50 outfits designed by local iconic designers and a series of works by award-winning young fashion designers, allowing visitors to review the colourful character and development of Hong Kong's fashion design, and to preview its new trends. The exhibition also features a number of works by Hong Kong's influential art and image directors, fashion photographers and illustrators, along with photos and information of models, the interpreters of fashion design, through multi-media installations. Some exhibits will be donated to enrich the Hong Kong Heritage Museum collection after the exhibition.
The Hong Kong Heritage Museum has also worked with the HKFDA to publish an exhibition catalogue, which will include masterpieces by Hong Kong's famous designers and practitioners from other related fields. The catalogue will be officially released in late November.
To enhance public knowledge and interest in local fashion design, the organisers will hold a series of fringe activities during the exhibition period, including fashion shows, talks and sharing sessions.
For details of the exhibition and fringe activities, please visit the Hong Kong Heritage Museum's website at www.heritagemuseum.gov.hk/eng/exhibitions/exhibition_details.aspx?exid=173 or call 2180 8188.
The Hong Kong Heritage Museum is located at 1 Man Lam Road, Sha Tin. It is open from 10am to 6pm on Mondays and Wednesdays to Saturdays, and from 10am to 7pm on Sundays and public holidays. It will close at 5pm on Christmas Eve and Lunar New Year's Eve, and is closed on Tuesdays (except public holidays) and the first two days of the Lunar New Year. Admission is $10 and a half-price concession is available to full-time students, senior citizens and people with disabilities. Admission is free on Wednesdays.
Ends/Friday, November 4, 2011
The opening ceremony of "Fashion Visionaries" exhibition was held today (November 4) at the Hong Kong Heritage Museum. The picture shows the officiating guests (from left), the Chairman of the Hong Kong Fashion Designers Association, Mr Kevin Yeung; the Head of Create Hong Kong, Mr Jerry Liu; the Permanent Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development (Communications and Technology), Miss Elizabeth Tse; the Director of Leisure and Cultural Services, Mrs Betty Fung, and the Chief Curator of the Hong Kong Heritage Museum, Ms Belinda Wong.
Officiating guests visit the "Fashion Visionaries" exhibition.
The latest exhibition of the Hong Kong Heritage Museum, "Fashion Visionaries", showcases the works of iconic Hong Kong designers and representatives of related fields, reviewing the development of Hong Kong fashion design over the past 50 years.