Renowned fashion designer, Yeohlee Teng, is in town for the opening of her exhibition, “Yeohlee: Design For Now”, at the Crow Collection of Asian Art. The Malaysian-born designer (who resides in New York), is known for her innovative and functional style and will be giving a lecture and signing books tomorrow in the Horchow auditorium at the DMA at 6:30 P.M., following the members preview on the mezzanine level of the Crow Collection on Flora Street. The exhibition (which will be open to the public from October 3 – January 3) centers around four themes: Urban Nomad, Made in New York, Fluid Geomety, and Zero Waste; and will feature 30 pieces from designer’s 2004-2009 collections, including a skirt that has been deconstructed and installed in square panels of the sky bridge. I caught up with the designer, who had just had lunch at Seventeen Seventeen, on the phone this afternoon. Jump for a short Q&A and to get more information on the events surrounding the exhibit.
D: How did the exhibition come about?
YT: I was in town for an event (for Betty Reiter) in April and I met Amy Hofland (the Director of the Crow Collection) and Myra Walker (Director and Curator of the Texas Fashion Collection at UNT). They thought it would be a a great marriage: the opening of the Arts District and my clothing, so they showed me the space and I loved it.
D: What did you think about the Design District:
YT: I love it, I think it’s incredible. The Nasher has beautiful gardens and sculptures and the Crow Collection is unmatched.
D: How is fashion design similar to the architecture of a building?
YT: They are both about enclosing space. The space that surrounds you and the space around the body. The two disciplines deal with the use of materials and function.
D: In your spring 2010 collection you showed a lot of shorts, do you think they are particularly important for the upcoming season and can women of all ages wear them?
YT: Yes, I do. They are a way of life. As long as you look good in them, go for it.
Schedule of events:
Friday: 5-6:30 P.M. Crow Collection Member’s Preview from 5-6:30.
Friday: 6:30-7:30 P.M. Public lecture by Yeohlee Teng at the Horchow Auditorium in the Dallas Museum of Art
Friday 7:30 P.M. Reception at the Crow Collection immediately following the lecture.
Saturday: 10 A.M., Yeohlee: Design for Now opens to public
Saturday: 10 A.M.-2 P.M., Adventureasia – Family Days at the Crow Collection – Fashion Origami followed by yoga, storytelling and more (free and open to the public).
The preview event is free and open to Friends of the Crow Collection, but reservations are required. The cost for the lecture is $10 for members and $25 for non-members. For more information and to make a reservation, call 214-979-6436 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.