The haute couture world is shaking up. A new wave of couturiers is debuting stunning, otherworldly designs that are available only in limited quantities. In a three-part series, Couture Youthquake, Tatler speaks to demi-couture masterminds about their journeys.
Sohee Park is living the dream. After graduating from Central Saint Martins online, without even the customary final-year show, the South Korea-born, London-based designer spent the next two years in lockdown, but this didn’t stop her from launching her eponymous label Miss Sohee and dressing the likes of Gemma Chan, Miley Cyrus and Cardi B in her uber-glamourous gowns. Park hosted her first runway show during Milan Fashion Week in February with the support of none other than Italian fashion royals Dolce & Gabbana.
Park stayed in London in 2020 despite the difficulties presented by Covid-19, even when her Korean friends all flew home and she had to work from her tiny apartment instead of a proper studio. She desperately wanted to finish her graduate collection and present it to the world—and it paid off. Her hard work resulted in a dazzling series of images of her demi-couture, floral-themed collection The Girl in Full Bloom, which turned the heads of industry heavyweights and young fashion lovers alike. “Her creative vision and very strong identity struck us and we decided to meet her,” designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana tell Tatler in an email.