China Institute Spring Benefit Luncheon Celebrating Design

I recently attended a China Institute‘s Spring Benefit Luncheon celebrating design at Tribeca Rooftop. At 90 years old, China Institute is the oldest bicultural organization in America devoted exclusively to China offers a range of public programs spanning film, author talks, lectures and short-courses, family programs,culinary programs.

Designer Yeolee Teng

The event celebrated the inspiring continuum of Chinese fashion design, from East-meets-West aesthetics to the exciting dynamic between tradition and innovation.  On display was a design showcase, featuring the designs of Yeohlee Teng, Vivienne Tam, Lancy Shi, and designers Merry Wu, and Ji Yeon Lee.  Opening remarks were made by WWD Editor James Fallon.

Designer Lancy Shi (in red) with friends.

It was truly a treat to hear established designer Yeolee Teng and haute couture designer Guo Pei speak at the event.  It’s also wonderful that China Institute is supporting young designers like Merry Wu and Ji Yeon Lee who are graduating seniors from F.I.T.  I was especially proud to see Merry, who I’ve known for several years volunteering for AsianinNY.com.  She’s blossomed into a talented bridal wear designer and I can’t wait to see what’s in the future for her!

Left to Right: Merry Wu, Sophia Sheng, and Ji Yeon Lee.


Designer Guo Pei and Sophia Sheng
Merry Wu with her hand-dyed bridal confections.
Ji Yeon Lee with her designs.


Kelly  Fung, Merry Wu, and Alice Chin.

Fashionable guests: Chiu-Ti Jansen (dressed in Malan Breton gown), designer Malan Breton.
Designs by Vivienne Tam


Designer Lancy Shi with her designs.
Designs by Yeohlee Teng


Me (wearing JSong Mei Top and Butterfly Pants) with designer Way Zen of JSong.


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