Yue-Sai Kan China Beauty Charity Fund Presents China Fashion Gala 2018 in New York

Yue-Sai Kan China Beauty Charity Fund and China Institute jointly presented the third annual China Fashion Gala at the Plaza Hotel in New York City on May 4, 2018.

The Gala honored iconic designer Christian LouboutinAlessandro Bastagli and Massimiliano Giornetti, executive chairman and creative director of Shanghai Tang, respectively; Tiffany & Co., the world's premier jeweler and America's house of design; and Maggie Q, one of the first Asian actresses to lead an American television network series.

The evening opened with a cocktail reception, during which works by famed Chinese photographer Sun Jun were on display, followed by a dinner which featured a dance performance by previous winners of the Miss Universe China Pageant.

The Gala was well attended by personalities from all walks of life such as New York City leaders, well-known designers and beloved fashion icons including US Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, Chinese Ambassador Zhang Qiyue, Silas Chou, Iris Apfel, Carmen Dell'Orefice, Chien Chung Pei, Vivienne Tam, Asia Chow and Princess of Udaipur Padmaja Kumari Parmar to name a few.

The highlight of the evening was a full-length couture fashion show by designer Grace Chen. Chen graduated in 1996 from the Fashion Institute of Technology, where she was the first alumnus from the Chinese mainland. Chen said that she hopes her designs will help establish the iconic image of modern Chinese women worldwide. "China's power of culture is on the rise and everyone in the world is setting eyes on China and want to learn from China, so for us it's good timing," said Chen.

The China Fashion Gala is a platform to promote and support emerging Chinese talent on the international stage and recognize individuals whose outstanding contributions have helped position Chinese design and aesthetics at the forefront of fashion on a global scale.

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Back row, left to right : Miss Universe China 2011-2016, Jin Ye, Diana Xu, Roseline Luo, Joyce Li, Karen Hu and Jessica Xue

Front row, left to right: Abigail Posner, Yue-Sai Kan, Natasha Lau, Philippe Galtie, Massimiliano Giornetti, Christian Louboutin, Maggie Q, Alessandro Bastagli, Grace Chen, Sophia Sheng, Linda He, Chien Chung Pei and James Heimowitz

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