I love creating beautifully crafted, unique, dresses. Most people know me for my artistic, handcrafted wedding dresses. However, I also design art pieces for exhibits and installations. I feel fortunate to have collaborated with some of the most intriguing, prominent artists of our time.
I've also lived in Paris, and I'll never forget the incredible support I received for my collection there. The French explained that Paris is known as 'The City of Light', because of it's history of supporting artists from around the world.
Below is a ceremonial kimono, made of pristine white feathers, commissioned by artist Terence Koh. I enjoy collaborating with Terence; we have an effortless working relationship. He is a pure artist, who lives and breathes his vision.
MingWei Lee is another amazing contemporary artist and friend, who I love collaborating with. We have worked on several projects together over the years.
I created this 'Transformation Cloak' for Mingwei's 'Sonic Blossom' show at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. The cloak was acquired by the MFA and is now part of the museum's permanent collection.
Another 'Transformation Cloak', in the beginning stages, created for the exhibit at the NY Met Museum.
(Mingwei Lee's Sonic Blossom show at the Met, Fall 2016)
Each piece was handcrafted in my NY atelier.
Handcrafting each piece is a beautiful experience, and I love coming to work at my atelier. Despite expansion and financing offers, I don't have the heart for overseas production. I prefer to keep the magic in these designs.
I'm from the Bay area of California, which might explain my calm vibe, and love of the ocean, nature, and ecology. As a child, I talked about New York so much that I was dubbed 'Miss New York' by my classmates. Once I arrived here, there was no turning back.
The history and stories of my Seiwa Genji and samurai ancestors, inspire me to live with grace and honor.