Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) Extends Fashion Exhibition Front Row: Chinese American Designers Through Dec 1, 2013

[New York, NY] September 6, 2013 - The Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) is pleased to announce the extension of Front Row: Chinese American Designers, in response to great demand from visitors. The fashion exhibition is on view through December 1.

During the extended run of the popular exhibition, MOCA will continue to offer public programs and gallery tours to provide behind-the-scenes insight into the world of fashion. The next upcoming public program is a panel discussion on Sept 14, led by Shanghai Glamour's guest curator Mei Mei Rado. Program updates are available on the Museum's website.

Front Row: Chinese American Designers comes nearly 30 years after MOCA's first exploration of Chinese Americans and the business of clothing. MOCA's first exhibition, in 1984, examined the history of Chinese American laundry workers followed by two exhibitions highlighting the experience and contributions of women in the garment industry.

Participating fashion designers include: Thomas Chen, David Chu, Melinda Eng, Jade Lai, Derek Lam, Wayne Lee, Humberto Leon and Carol Lim, Phillip Lim, Mary Ping, Peter Som, Anna Sui, Vivienne Tam, Yeohlee Teng, Zang Toi, Vera Wang, and Jason Wu. Front Row explores the ascent of Chinese American designers who contributed to the shaping of a new American sense of style. New York's Chinese American fashion designers emerged in the 1980s, just as the city was transforming its identity from a garment center into a major fashion capital. The exhibition features iconic outfits from the sixteen designers as well as video interviews.

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Front Row
is supported by Lafayette 148 New York. Support for Front Row comes from Central Textiles (HK) Ltd. The exhibition catalogue is sponsored by Janine Luke. Additional support comes from the New York State Council on the Arts and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. In-kind support is provided by Swarovski. Official media sponsors are YUE and The New York Observer.

About Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA)

MOCA's mission is to celebrate the living history of the Chinese experience in America, to inspire our diverse communities to contribute to America's evolving cultural narrative and civil society, and to empower and bridge our communities across generations, ethnicities and geography through our dynamic stories.

MOCA is a nonprofit educational and cultural institution that presents the living history, heritage, culture and diverse experiences of Chinese Americans through exhibitions, educational services and public programs. It began in 1980 as the community-based New York Chinatown History Project founded by community and student activists led by historian John Kuo Wei Tchen and Charles Lai. It has since grown to encompass the stories and journeys of the many communities of Chinese America, both in the New York Metro area and across the U.S., including new immigrants and established multi-generation families.

Since late 2009, when MOCA moved into its new space, designed by Maya Lin and located at the crossroads of Soho and Chinatown, its exhibitions, programs and audiences have grown in size and scope. This was made possible by a unique public/private partnership between collaborative government efforts to rebuild Lower Manhattan in the aftermath of 9/11 and MOCA's growing community of donors led by its Board of Trustees. Currently, MOCA's family consists of its many visitors, members, scholars, artists, activists, and families with young children as well as a growing base of young professionals, business leaders and entrepreneurs.