Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Taiwan's top designer Sophie Hong opens boutique at Palais-Royal in heart of Paris

By Nancy T. Lu

Boutique Sophie Hong had its soft opening at 3 Galerie de Montpensier of the Palais-Royal in Paris in early March this year. The Lettre d’information du domaine national du Palais-Royal published by the Centre des Monuments Nationaux announced the arrival of Taiwan’s top fashion designer known for her subtle blend of ancient tradition and modernity in the chic, upscale section of the French capital.

The grand opening will be on May 17. A Taiwanese glove puppet theater performance will be a highlight of this special occasion. Hong, whose clothes are worn by celebrities like Isabelle Huppert, Gong Li and Zhang Ziyi, will dress up for a change the glove puppets created for the program.

Sophie Hong’s collection taps silk manually dyed, using extract from vegetal root. The process ancient in origin dates back to the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644).

All photographs shown here except for the picture of Sophie Hong taken by Nancy T. Lu are courtesy of Sophie Hong.

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