Concept Korea Returns to NY Fashion Week to Showcase Leading Korean Designers

With the growing popularity of fashion design among Asian youth and the notable rise of Asian American designers (Alexander Wang, Prabal Gurung, Phillip Lim, Richard Chai) in the fashion industry, it's encouraging to hear about initiatives like Concept Korea, a program backed by the South Korean government to nurture their nation's leading designers and promote them in the U.S. fashion industry. After debuting in Feb. 2010, Concept Korea will be returning to New York Fashion Week on Sept. 9 for their fourth installment, "Concept Korea IV - Fashion Collective."

After a rigorous evaluation process, four womenswear designers (DOHO, Son Jung Wan, Steve J & Yoni P, and Lie Sang Bong) and one menswear designer (Juyoung Lee) were chosen by an international panel consisting of figures from CFDA, FIT, IMG Fashion, and WWD, to showcase their S/S 2012 collections.

It's so great when the government can support the arts, especially fashion design, and we're excited to see the standout talent and designs to come out of South Korea next week.

Learn more about the designers and see images of their inspiration for their S/S 2012 collections below. Description and photos courtesy of Concept Korea.

ABOUT THE DESIGNERS Doho – Since launching her brand in 1998, designer Do Ho has built her brand into one of South Korea’s most recognized brands in her home country. A celebrity and editor favorite, Ho’s collections are inspired by a classical feminine aesthetic juxtaposed against the urban avant-garde.

Son Jung Wan – Designer Son Jung Wan is known for her chic, stylish designs. Wan is critically acclaimed for the use of sumptuous, luxurious fabrics and the incredible attention to detail found in her garments. With her collection now in over 37 stores throughout South Korea, she is one of the country’s most popular designers. Steve J & Yoni P – Design duo Steve Jung and Yoni Pai first teamed up thirteen years ago after studying at Central Saint Martins and the London College of Fashion, respectively. Together they founded Steve J & Yoni P, a high-end womenswear collection. Known for combining humor and style, the designers have participated in numerous high-profile collaborations with retailers Topshop and 10 Corso Como Seoul and have been commissioned for projects by artist Jeff Koons. They are found in retailers across East Asia, the Middle East, and Europe.

Lie Sang Bong – Lie Sang Bong is perhaps South Korea’s preeminent designer. A master of volume and geometry, his clothing fuses culture, architecture, and art to create bold, structured pieces that are instantly recognizable. The designer has been featured in countless international publications and has been called the “Korean McQueen.” He counts Lady Gaga and Beyonce as fans. Resurrection (by Juyoung Lee) – Menswear designer Juyoung Lee studied at the Parsons The New School for Design before launching Resurrection in 2004. Today, Lee creates edgy collections rich in ornate detail. She counts the Black Eyed Peas among her many fans.