China Beauty Charity Fund ("CBCF") celebrated its inaugural China Fashion Night Gala on September 6, 2013 at the Pierre Hotel in New York City. Hosted by CBCF Founder and Chairwoman Yue-Sai Kan, with actor Archie Kao and Miss Universe Olivia Culpo as Master and Mistress of Ceremonies, the gala benefitted the CBCF Scholarship at the Fashion Institute of Technology ("FIT").
"Some of the world's most successful Chinese artists today, such as Tan Dun, Lang Lang, Cai Guo-Qiang, Zhang Huan and many more have all studied or worked in NYC and have benefited tremendously from this experience which has helped to shape their distinguished careers. I wish to do the same for talented Chinese individuals in fashion by giving them that same opportunity to advance and achieve great success" remarked Yue-Sai Kan. Sharing CBCF's vision, fashion pioneer Vivienne Tam was honored for her dedication to supporting women's empowerment and providing opportunities to emerging talent from China. A friend of Tam and Kan, Petra Nemcova presented the award, in a stunning Vivienne Tam tomato faille dress.
The highlight of the gala was the fashion presentation and runway show by China's preeminent haute couture designer, Guo Pei, whose exquisite creations were showcased for the very first time in the US. Guo presented acclaimed pieces from her "Legend of the Dragon" collection, including a gown inspired by stained glass domes of European churches and a gown adorned with several thousand "Gong Hua", silk flowers made exclusively for the royal palace and were rescued from the storage room of a deserted factory and carefully restored with steam -- which took nearly 50,000 hours.
As a celebration of artistry in all forms, the Gala featured a special performance by renowned Chinese American Metropolitan Opera singer Hao Jiang Tian and his I Sing Beijing Ensemble along with a live auction that included a work of artist Cai Guo-Qiang and Sennheiser to an audience that included: Trudie Styler, Bebe Neuwirth, Victor Alfaro, Lisa Airan, Geoffrey Bradfield, Cheryl Casone, Veronica Chou, Melvin Chua, Evie Evangelou, Cecelia Dean, Mira Duma, Anh Duong, Hofit Golan, General Consul Sun Guoxiang, Stacy Engman, Susan Gutfreund, Du Juan, James Kaliardos, Karolina Kurkova, Anne McNally, Julie Macklowe, Carlos Mota, Petra Nemcova, Carmen dell'Orefice, HRH The Princess of Udaipur Padmaja Kumari Parmar, Guo Pei, Jean Shafiroff, Susan Shin, Tadashi Shoji, Franca Sozzani, Dr. Valerie Steele, Amy Tan, Hao Jiang Tian, Vivienne Tam, Ling Tan, Zang Toi, Kaity Tong, Liu Wen, Dr. Ruth Westheimer, Ambassadors from China, Hungary, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Sri Lanka and Tunisia, and other notable guests from the realms of fashion, art, design, film, music, business and politics.