We’re not surprised by the recognition Asian American designers are finally receiving, particularly in major publications. Since we started AsianceMagazine.com 5 years ago, we’ve seen an increase in Asian models and Asian designers at New York Fashion Week each season. It was only a matter of time before the rest of the United States caught on. This year, we saw Estee Lauder and Maybelline cosmetics sign the first ever Asian models to represent their brands.
Now, in a New York Times article, this American mainstream publication is finally recognizing the talent among the numbers so many media companies choose to ignore.
In fashion news, three Asian American men were called to the stage to accept their awards as the best new designers of the year: Richard Chai for men’s wear, Jason Wu for women’s wear and Alexander Wang for accessories.
It was the first time that all three prizes given by the Council of Fashion Designers of America were awarded to designers who are Asian-American. That same night, the fashion council announced three scholarships, each for $25,000, won by student designers of Asian heritage.
Major design schools around the world have seen an influx of Asian-American and Asian-born students since the 1990s, partly through their own recruitment efforts in countries with rapidly developing fashion industries, like South Korea and Japan, and partly because of changing attitudes in those countries about fashion careers. At Parsons the New School for Design, roughly 70 percent of its international students enrolled in the school of fashion now come from Asia, according to school officials. At the Fashion Institute of Technology, 23 percent of the nearly 1,200 students now enrolled are either Asian or Asian-American.
Asiance, of course, will continue to monitor the fashion world next week as we report back on the latest Asian models, designers and street fashion.
Asians are taking over the world!!!!