Leading fashion designer Sue Wong was honored by Asia Society Southern California (ASSC) at its 25th Anniversary Gala Dinner on Tuesday, June 22, 2010. Sue Wong, the first fashion designer honored by ASSC, was among six extraordinary Asian visionaries recognized for their work in furthering ASSC's mission to "strengthen relationships and promote understanding among the peoples of Asia and the United States." Past honorees include LA Lakers star Kobe Bryant, philanthropist Eli Broad, New Corp Chairman Rupert Murdoch, Ambassador Richard C. Holbrooke, and architect Rem Koolhaas.
Sue Wong is a prolific designer famed for her romantically classic evening collections and novel application of couture techniques. She successfully employs her unyielding energy and unmistakable ingenuity to create consistent best-sellers and objects of obsession in the rarefied world of fine dresses and evening wear. The house of Sue Wong is renowned for its technical excellence and ornate, intricate detailing.
"Sue's pursuit of Beauty, Magic and Transformation helped us culminate the evening with something truly inspirational and glamorous. Her life and professional story is yet another testament to the strong synergy between the East and West," says Peter Shiao, member of the ASSC Executive Board and Chairman of Fashion, Arts, and Entertainment.
"I feel that I have always had a foot in the door of both cultures and that the experience of growing up in two cultures has always given me a broader and more global perspective," says Sue Wong whose cultural eclecticism manifests itself in themes as diverse as African wood cut prints, traditional Chinese floral motifs, Indian saris, Hungarian peasant embroidery and vintage Hollywood glamour.
Sue Wong was born in rural Southern China and moved with her family to Los Angeles at the age of six. As a girl, she dreamt of becoming a painter. In fashion, she found her artistic canvas. In 1985, Sue Wong established the Sue Wong label and in 1999 opened an elegant eveningwear division, Sue Wong Nocturne.
Sue Wong has now come full circle designing gowns worn by today's stars including Kelly Osbourne, Taylor Swift, Miley Cyrus, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Biel, Tyra Banks, Vanessa Minnillo and many more. The designer credits her upbringing by enterprising immigrant parents with giving her the determination to build a brand that is sold in better department stores and boutiques across the country as well as in more than 26 countries internationally. Wong is deeply honored by this recognition by the ASSC and hopes that her contributions will continue to strengthen these relationships.