Fashion designer, Sophie HONG
Her silk textile artistry is worn by celebrities around the world
Sophie Hong, a designer who has devoted herself to the fashion industry for over 30 years, has had her work shown on runways in Paris, New York, Tokyo, and other international venues.
Her designs make use of a 500-year-old craft practised in only one area of southern China today. Xiangyun silk is an artisan fabric whose intensive and natural dying process results in sculptural fabric that is rich, earthy, and elemental. Hong, who studied design in Taiwan, New York, and Paris and worked in French couture houses, marries contemporary design with traditional Chinese craft, creating relaxed daily wear that are also works of art—her pieces have become part of the collection of Palais Galliera, the fashion museum in Paris.
In 2010, she opened Sophie HONG Paris, a flagship boutique, at the Palais Royal. In the same year, she took over Librairie Le Pigeonnier, a bookstore in Taipei that is dedicated to promoting the exchange of Chinese and French cultures through reading. In 2012, she was honoured as a Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Mérite.
“Be yourself, comprehend the environment around you, feel your heart, your eyes and your hands. Execution is also very important.”
Did You Know?
Sophie Hong is known for her signature round glasses, but actually she has all kinds of eyeglass frames—a collection she amassed because she often loses her glasses.