Dressing Victoria Secret model, Miranda Kerr
On Miranda Kerr's visit to Korea, we had the privilege of dressing this beautiful lady in our most popular fusion hanbok dress. We also custom-made for her a royal, traditional "dang-ui" to change up her fusion look, for a more royal style. Miss Kerr absolutely glowed in our Korean creations.
Dressing Miss Asia USA 2016 and Miss Korea USA 2015, Ashley Park
We had the absolute honor and pleasure becoming friends with not only gorgeous, but extremely intelligent and talented, Ashley Park. Such a hard-working and inspiring female who is always striving to be a better version of herself, we had no doubt she would be crowned Miss Asia USA 2015-2016. We designed and created numerous gowns in her image, most notably her cultural costume for the pageant show.
Miss Susan Kim wins "Best Cultural Costume" for the Miss Asia Pageant
Charismatic and gorgeous contestant, Susan Kim, wears a Korean traditional hanbok with hand-painted flowers on her skirt and a unique hand-draping. She surprised everyone, including the judges, with her Korean drumming talent, as she snatched the award for best costume. She truly did make us proud as she represented our country, Korea. Congratulations Susan!
Dressing Korean celebrity, 김청
We had the pleasure to dress the beautiful actress in specially designed hanboks for most of her drama appearances and press conferences.
She is most well known for starring in the hit SBS drama, "별별며느리."
Featured in Buzzfeed Video, "Wedding Dresses Across Asia"
The video contains a gorgeous bridal fashion show featuring traditional and modern wedding dresses across Asia. We had such a blast creating this video with Eugene Yang, one of the main head producers at Buzzfeed. You'll see both the modern as well as traditional Korean bridal dress, featuring Miss Asia USA 2016 queen, Ashley Park. Here is the direct link to the article version of the video.
Miss Asia USA 13th Annual Haute Couture Fashion Show
at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles
As one of the head designers in the haute couture LA Fashion show by Miss Asia USA, LEEHWA was able to showcase the traditional hanboks, all blended with a modern twist. To be able to display our beautiful Korean heritage to a full audience of non-Korean guests was truly a grateful and humbling experience. Here is a sampling of our extraordinary show that night at the elegant Millennium Biltmore hotel in downtown LA.
An Educational Experience to the Professors of America
The Korea Academy for Educators (KAFE) is a non-profit organization dedicated to informing professors around the world about Korea's history and culture in order to promote a cross-cultural understanding. The USC Korean Studies Institute shares similar perspectives and does amazing work from the USC campus. We were given the valuable opportunity to work with USC KSI and KAFE, in order to help promote our shared motto of spreading the Korean cultural awareness through our Korean traditional hanboks. We had an amazing time hosting our fashion show displaying our fusion and traditional styles. In addition, we had a blast helping the professors try on different hanboks and take 'selfies' as they promoted our Korean culture. To conclude the event, we performed a mock Korean traditional wedding ceremony, "Paebaek," in front of the teachers so that they may partake in our important cultural event.
Dressing U.S. Congresswoman, Loretta Sanchez
Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez represents California's 46th Congressional District, which includes the cities of Anaheim, Santa Ana, Orange, and Garden Grove in Orange County. She is currently serving her 10th term in the U.S. House of Representatives and is the second highest ranking Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee. We had the absolute pleasure in dressing Congresswoman Sanchez in a royal traditional hanbok.
Dressing 2nd Runner-Up Winner for Miss Asia USA, Miss Christy Cho
We are so proud of our young and beautiful Miss Asia contestant, Christy Cho, who we had the pleasure of dressing for the Cultural Costume segment. The designer, Laura Park, was inspired by the ancient and mythical bird, the Phoenix, as you can visually see the gold-gilded wings of her costume. Additionally, flowers were hand-painted by a famous artist in South Korea with additional delicately hand embroidered roses all over her bodice.
Dressing Mayor Annisse D. Parker (Houston, Texas)
Mayor Parker is Houston's 61st mayor and one of only two women to hold the City's highest elected office. She is the only person in Houston history to hold the offices of council member, controller, and mayor. We were delighted to meet such an incredible lady and dress her in suitable attire, the royal queen's attire of many years ago.
Dressing Unsuk Kim, winner of 2018 Mrs. Asia USA - title "Senior Global Ambassador"
It was absolutely not a surprise that Mrs. Unsuk Kim would win the title as the official 2018 Mrs. Asia USA, "Senior Global Ambassador." The intelligent, beautiful, and elegant lady worked so hard for this title, it made us absolutely proud to call her one of our #LEEHWA clients. Not only that, but at her amazing age of 78 years old, she was by far the eldest delegate in the 2017 pageant show. However, she never let her age hinder her from competing as hard as she could. We had the pleasure and honor of designing her cultural costume, as she represented Korea for a portion of the pageant show.