Friday, June 8, 2012


Fashion Diaspora: Wearing Your Culture On Your Sleeve

The Fashion Diaspora Committee
Cordially invites you to
An International Fashion Gala Celebrating "Unity in Diversity"
and New York's Diverse Cultures through Fashion

November 11, 2011
7:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.
Yale Club of NYC, 50 Vanderbilt Avenue, New York, NY

Fashion Diaspora
Fashion Diaspora: Wearing
Your Culture on Your Sleeve is
a celebration of the world's rich traditions, histories, & cultures through fashion, attire and adornment. The goal of Fashion Diaspora is to foster appreciation of the various cultures that make up New York City's rich diverse population & the cross-cultural influences of these ethnicities expressed through fashion.

Fashion Diaspora features both a display of "homeland" garments, including Sungshin Women's University's extraordinary collection of Korean garments spanning many centuries and dynasties, as well as some of today's most exciting and creative fashions by designers of various ethnicities, including Vivienne Tam, Stephen Burrows, Loris Diran, Michael Houghton, Cody Sai, Jorge Afanador, Blackbird Jeans, Rolando Santana, Jason Christopher Peters, Dabanga Dos Santos, Angela Tucci Robinson for Mushana, Jackie Jones for Gottrox and Ellen Christine Couture.

7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Cocktail Reception and Silent Auction

8:30 p.m. - 9:15 p.m.
Garments & Adornments from the Homeland

9:15 p.m. - 9:25 p.m.

9:25 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
A Glimpse of the World through NYC Designers

10:00 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.
Post-Show Reception & Musical Entertainment

Black-tie Optional, Ethnic Dress Most Welcome

$350 pp General Seating; $500 pp Preferred Seating (limited); $1,000 pp Front Row Seating with full page ad in gala program (limited); $2,000 pp Front Row Seating with full page ad in gala program & name on banner (limited).

TO PURCHASE TICKETS BY MAIL, please make check payable to "East Rock Institute" and mail to:

East Rock Institute
251 Dwight Street
New Haven, CT 06511
Phone (203) 624-8619

(Please note "Fashion Diaspora" on check and make sure participants' names are stated clearly to be included on the admissions list. Please email or call (646) 419-4143 for information about front row seating.)

TO PURCHASE TICKETS ONLINE, inquire about Sponsorships, make a donation, purchase an ad or congratulatory announcement in our gala program, or to print an invitation, please visit:

Hesung Chun Koh, Ph.D., Co-Founder & Chair, East Rock Institute; Director Emerita, East Asian Research, Human Relations Area Files, Yale University*
Diana Baird N'Diaye, Ph.D., Curator, The Smithsonian Institution
Jeanine Jeo-Hi Kim, M.B.A., Founder, Metropolitan Arts League
Christopher Y. Park, M.D., Ph.D., President, East Rock Institute*
Honorary Co-Chairs
Congresswoman Nakyun Shin, Ph.D., Member of Korean National Assembly, former Minister of Culture and Tourism of Republic of Korea
Ambassador Stephen Warren Bosworth, Dean of The Fletcher School at Tufts University
Mrs. Christine Bosworth
Ambassador Young-Mok Kim, Counsel General of the Republic of Korea
Ambassador James T. Laney, President Emeritus of Emory University*
Princess Hai Kyung Lee of the last Chosun Dynasty of Korea
Woo Sung Lee, Director, Korean Cultural Service of New York
Hwajin Shim, Ph.D., President of Sungshin Women's University, Seoul, South Korea
Sheila Levrant de Bretteville, Caroline M. Street Professor, Yale University School of Art
Hirochika Nakamaki, Ph.D., Anthropology Professor, National Museum of Ethnology, Osaka, Japan

Advisory Committee
Vivienne Tam, Internationally Renowned Fashion Designer
Nigel Barker, Renowned Photographer, Filmmaker, Writer & Judge on "America's Next Top Model"
Juju Chang, Emmy Award Winning television journalist for ABC News
Laurie A. Cumbo, Founder & Executive Director, Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts
Prince Manvendra Singh Gohil of India
Scott Elliot, Artistic Director, The New Group
Geoff Rich, Executive Director, The New Group
Stephen Burrows, Fashion Designer, First African American Fashion Designer to Achieve International Acclaim
Loris Diran, Fashion Designer, CEO, Loris Diran Couture
Michael Houghton, Fashion Designer, "Rock Punk Couture," Painter & Rock Musician
Prince Lorenzo Borghese, Entrepreneur, Writer, Star of ABC's "The Bachelor—Rome"
Li Jing, Award-Winning TV journalist, Sinovision TV host, social media expert
and founder of
Young Hwan Choi, Cultural Entertainment Manager, Korean Cultural Service of New York
Spencer Lord, Writer, The Brain Mechanics & Public Relations specialist
Kalia Brooks, Director of Exhibitions of the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts
Geri Gongora, Fashion model
Karen Biehl, Philanthropist, Star of the show "Doggie Moms," with her chihuahua, Eli, on NYC Life
Erin Cho, Ph.D, Associate Professor, Department of Design and Management, Parsons The New School for Design

Benefit Committee
Earl D. Weiner Esq. – Co-Chair, Chairman, Theatre Development Fund & The Acting Company; Chairman Emeritus & Trustee, Brooklyn Botanic Garden; former Partner, Sullivan & Cromwell
Gina Ingoglia Weiner – Co-Chair, Author, artist, landscape designer, Trustee and Vice-Chair of Brooklyn Historical Society; Trustee and Chair of Education Comm., Prospect Park Alliance; Vice-President of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden Florilegium Society

Ed Chin, M.D., Frank Arlinghaus, M.D., Pamela Weinstock, Robert G. LaCamera, M.D.*, Charles C.S. Kim, M.D.*, Dean Paul Markham, CPA*, Mu Young Lee, Ph.D.*, Heseung Kim, Ed.D.*, Douglas Park, J.D., Ph.D.*, Sandra Wirth, Ed.D.*, Bruce Yongbum Cha, D.M.D.*

Planning Committee
Ben Wei – Co-Chair, Jinny Jung – Co-Chair, Cody Sai, Gabriella Bellegarde, Julie Cho, Mindy Gee, Amy Giron, Eunyoung Jang, Jane Kang, Esq., Sukyoung Kang, Youngaie Kim, Jennifer Krout, Christopher Lee, Haidee Lee, Monica Lee, Cory Wood, Susanna Yi Choo, Ph.D.

Sponsored By
East Rock Institute, The Smithsonian Institution, Korean Cultural Service, National Museum of Ethnology (Japan), Sungshin Women's University (Korea), and the Metropolitan Arts League
*former and present East Rock Institute Board Members

East Rock Institute is a Section 501(c)3 Qualified Tax Exempt Corporation.
Donations are tax deductible in accordance with Federal Tax Regulations.


Video taken from "Bridging Cultures through Authentic Korean Fashion" Fashion Show in New Haven on March 30, 2008. Organized by East Rock Institute, Sungshin Women's University, and the Korean American Students at Yale with sponsorship from the Korea Foundation, The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven, the Whitney Center, Korean American Society of Connecticut, and the First and Summerfield United Methodist Church.

FASHION DIASPORA - YALE CLUB 2011 Hosted/Emcee'd by Michaela & Li Jing

2011年11月16日 10:06 発信地:ニューヨーク/米国

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