Fashion Week El Paseo™ 2017
Michael Costello Couture

Photo by Gary Bindman

Designer Gemma Kahng brings New York fashion to El Paseo.

New York fashion icon Gemma Kahng, known for giving women’s fashion an extra edge, presents her current collection on the El Paseo runway. Spring into her ethereal whites, beaded embellishments, and luxe textures — all inspired by nature’s palette. The designer also takes us to the dark side with shades of glamour noir.

Designer Gemma Kahng was born and raised in Korea. As a child, her favorite hobby was designing and making paper clothes for her paper dolls. Without realizing it, she was preparing for her career as a fashion designer.

She came to the United States with her family when she was 14 years old, when her father became a professor at a university in Michigan. Because she didn’t know any English, she felt most comfortable in her art classes and decided to continue studying art in college.

Kahng enrolled in the Art Institute of Chicago and majored in fashion design. As soon as she graduated, she moved to New York City to start her career as a fashion designer. At first, she worked in various fashion houses to gain knowledge and experience in the fashion business.

In 1989, she launched her own collection. As soon as it was launched, it was featured in a full-page editorial in Vogue magazine and carried by nearly 30 prestigious stores across the country. From then on, Kahng was on her way to become a successful designer.

Throughout her career, the designer’s collections have been carried by most major department stores and featured in Vogue, The New York Times, WWD, and W magazine.

Kahng’s design concept is inspired from everything she studies — the arts, architecture, films, costumes from different cultures, and, most importantly, fashion history.


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Photography by Gary Bindman