Korean Preview in New York (KPNY) kicked off on July 9-10, 2014 in full red carpet style, and a ribbon-cutting ceremony to commemorate its 18th annual textiles exhibition with seventy of the most innovative fabric manufacturers from South Korea presenting their Fall/Winter 2015-16 collections in New York.
More than 600 attendees attended the two-day textiles venue, designed for the most quality, eco-conscious, and price-discerning fabric buyers from around the world. Held at the Metropolitan Pavilion in Manhattan. KPNY also included a fashion show of ten up and coming Korean designers, as well as a dynamic art & fashion installment themed around the current influences of Korea – technology and popular urban culture – offering a fully interactive experience at the show.
An additional twenty exhibitors at this year’s KPNY drew in buyers from designer brands such as Marc Jacobs, Donna Karan, Helmut Lang, and other local and international representatives. Manufacturers ranged from the most advanced fabric specialists from Korea for women’s wear, menswear, outerwear, and kids, with experts in digital printing, mixed fabrics, silks, dyeing, and newly developed artificial leathers; these catered to designer brands like Nanette Lapore, Ellie Tahari, and Calvin Klein.
KOTRA (Korea Trade Investment Promotion Agency) produces the yearly KPNY, which also partnered this year with D2 (Designers of 2nd generation) among other Korean government-sponsored organizations aimed to help South Korean businesses and individuals thrive in the North American and global markets.
Kyle International (Korean Young Leader Evolution) was also on board to promote Generation Y’s Korean designers in NYC with an in-house fashion show at KPNY. This year, ten young designers for K.A.M.A (Korean American Manufacturer’s Association) showcased their work with funds that they themselves raised for the event.
The D2 (Designers of 2nd Generation) exhibition at KPNY aptly titled “TREND FORUM” highlighted an interpretation of various influences of Korea through 3D technology, fine arts, and contemporary art mediums. For example, Korean inspiration parlayed into highly unique product designs through the use of the latest technology in fashion. A live digital 3D printing rendering process that uses a special application created exclusive patterns for clothes and accessory pieces. A collaboration with NY-based Korean artists was on display where dresses served as art canvases for their works, creating a simultaneous art gallery for attendees to enjoy.
The tradeshow breathed a wonderful synergy of fashion, art, and technology in the world of textiles. Not only providing new creative inspiration and exploration for young and established designers, KPNY 2014 stood as a dynamic forum for South Korean businesses to continue to flourish in the global fashion industry as a proven leader in innovation and design.
Article & Photography by Guest Contributor Julie Byun
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