Asian Fashion

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Thuy Linh Nguyen Tu, assistant professor of Asian Pacific American Studies at NYU and author of The Beautiful Generation: Asian Americans and the Cultural Economy of Fashion, discusses the rise of Asian fashion designers and the influence of Asian culture.


Thuy Linh Nguyen Tu

Comments [23]

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I like the asian fashion so much.The ribbens fashion used on dresses are very nice.The designing of dresses are so beautiful and charming.The colour combination of asian dresses are very nice.

Dec. 22 2012 01:16 AM
Syd from NY

At our high school in Sydney Australia during the late '90s; there was a trend that we called "honkies" named as it stereotypical look of recent immigrants from Hong Kong. That look is basically the hipster trend of late decade.

Feb. 20 2011 05:33 AM
Peter T. from LES

I can't believe the only call-in was from a guy who wanted to share his personal belief that "orientals" are great at copying.

At least he's credible because he lives next to Ralph Lo-wren and dated someone who worked at Armani.

FYI, Mr. Yunioshi in Breakfast at Tiffany's is oriental -- everybody else is Asian.

Feb. 16 2011 12:20 PM

I was an Asian designer in New York City.

Feb. 16 2011 11:57 AM

My comment to the caller telling Asian copy! One of my shows (Spring Collection "86), I showed all black jersey collection. One of the best looking piece was off the shoulder dress. It was cut straight across and had 3/4 length sleeve. Following season, I was stunned to see that design coming down on Calvin Klein's show. I was pissed and mad! But more I think of it, I thought I should celebrate instead. The designers were checking on what I was making and even made into the show! Since, when I get copied, I told to myself, I am still on the top.

Feb. 16 2011 11:56 AM
Laura from nyc

Because of the lack of manufacturing in the U.S, more people in the industry work and live in Asia than ever before. This is the largest contributing factor in the rise of Asian
influence in fashion.

Feb. 16 2011 11:54 AM
Tony from Carnarsie

Leah from Brooklyn -- her cloying and non-stop use of right is like many wnyc guests' use of "You know?" Sometimes I wish they would just say "My opinion is so correct, don't you agree?" Very distracting, and I would play hooky if that's how she spoke from the lectern.

Feb. 16 2011 11:44 AM
Patrick from Hoboken

Thuy Linh Nguyen Tu's last comment was very interesting: that it is impossible for everyone to have a "creative" job. Has she done some research on that ? That could be a good topic for a future discussion.

Feb. 16 2011 11:43 AM

Completely agree with the other person who wrote in...seriously saying right? after everything makes her sound like a complete teenage dope!!!!! Professor you say?

Feb. 16 2011 11:41 AM

"Right" is the new "like"

Feb. 16 2011 11:41 AM
Erik from New York

Don't all designers "borrow" from each other? As soon as something becomes fashionable to consumers every designer comes out with a similar design. At least that is the way it appears to me as someone who knows nothing about fashion.

Feb. 16 2011 11:40 AM
Donna from NJ

To your guest, PLEASE stop saying, "Right?" It so hard to listen to and is getting in the way of your message.

Feb. 16 2011 11:40 AM
Jay F.

Oriental vase, Oriental rug.
Asian person.

Feb. 16 2011 11:40 AM
jane from Brooklyn

My question is a bit disconcerted, but here it goes: With the high number of Asian American designers in the fashion industry now---and large number of AA's coming into the next generation of the fashion industry (40% of AA students at Pratt/Parsons?)---is there room in the industry for all of these designers? Or are all of these designers contestants for certain positions in a "niche" of Asian American fashion designers.

Feb. 16 2011 11:39 AM
chris from ct

Right Melissa!! interesting agree with the caller about borrowwing ideas.

Feb. 16 2011 11:39 AM
IC from Montreal, NY, Hawaii

How's about the general stereotypical idea that Asians do so many things well on the cheap and the west just love to slurp that up!

Feb. 16 2011 11:39 AM

Do you think European designers kind of copied Brother Sharp to tap into the Chinese zeitgeist? Everything around America seems "skinny" but now these high end European brands suddenly have bubbly baggy looks. Coincidence?

Feb. 16 2011 11:38 AM
Leah from Brooklyn

Ending sentences with "right?" is an academic bad habit. I wish she'd stop, because it's getting so cloying and distracting that I'm hitting mute for the next 3 minutes.

Feb. 16 2011 11:38 AM
Tony from Carnarsie

Your guest's constant interjection of "right?" is very distracting.

Feb. 16 2011 11:38 AM
Tommy Haynes from West Village

She needs to stop saying "right " every other word

Feb. 16 2011 11:38 AM
Susan from Chatham NJ

A larger question of ethnicity in fashion: The "rag trade" used to be dominated by newly immigrated and then established European and Russian Jews, just as the Jewelry District was, and classical music. What are the economic, cultural and aesthetic reasons for the shift over the generations?

Feb. 16 2011 11:36 AM
Patti from Brooklyn


Feb. 16 2011 11:36 AM

How many times is the guest going to say "right?"?? This is the first time I feel forced to turn off Brian's show.

Feb. 16 2011 11:36 AM

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