Haute Couture Meets Chinese Craftsmanship: Asia’s Most Coveted Fashion Event Unveils This December at K11 MUSEA

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In their groundbreaking collaboration, cultural entrepreneur Adrian Cheng and legendary fashion icon Carine Roitfeld present a world-class exhibition of haute couture from the world’s most storied fashion maisons. Early bird tickets available now until 6 December.

TEXT: CoBo Editorial
IMAGES: Courtesy of K11 MUSEA

 

Image courtesy of K11 MUSEA.

 

Hong Kong is about to witness the most coveted fashion event of the year. Masterminded by Adrian Cheng, founder of K11, and former Vogue Paris editor-in-chief Carine Roitfeld, “Savoir-Faire: The Mastery of Craft in Fashion” celebrates the lesser-known yet strong connection between haute couture and traditional Chinese craftsmanship, bringing together savoir-faire and craftsmanship from art, fashion and culture in the East and West.

Unveiling in Hong Kong on 13 December at K11 MUSEA’s K11 Art & Cultural Centre, the world-class exhibition showcases a curated collection of haute couture and prêt-à-porter pieces, among them some never-before-seen museum and rare archival pieces from revered designers and labels including Balenciaga, Chanel, Christian Dior, Givenchy, Iris van Herpen, Loewe, Louis Vuitton, Viktor & Rolf, Schiaparelli, and Valentino, and from avant-garde designers such as Richard Quinn and Tom Van der Borght.

Displaying in tandem is a selection of rare artefacts and modern pieces from the archive of K11 Craft & Guild Foundation, a registered charity founded by Cheng with the mission to conserve and preserve traditional Chinese craftsmanship. The exhibition will be presented in five thematic zones—”Modern Reinvention”, “Atelier Tailleur”, “Extreme Craft”, “Bridal Couture”, and “Tales From The Runway”—each designed to be visually and physically immersive. 

“Through the understanding of craftsmanship—the transmission of tradition, ideas, and techniques between societies and culture—fashion has been creating deeply collaborative relationships of connection and exchange,” says Cheng. Together, the exhibited collections illustrate the beauty and importance in preserving the works from major fashion houses, designers, and craftsmen around the world.

Speaking of her grand ambition behind curating Asia’s first craft and haute couture exhibition, and her curatorial debut in general, Roitfeld says, “This exhibition will showcase some of the most exemplary cases of craft in a way that, we hope, motivates a deep appreciation for the history and heart of fashion among the next generation.”

On 10 December, Cheng and Roitfeld will be hosting the exclusive K11 Night—dubbed “the Met Gala of Asia”—to open the exhibition together, in Hong Kong and Paris respectively. At Hong Kong’s iconic Victoria Dockside promenade, Cheng will gather the city’s best-dressed, fashion A-listers for an evening of celebration in true, spectacular style. At Paris’ Hôtel de Crillon, a Rosewood Hotel, Roitfeld will be hosting an intimate reception for her close friends and designers supporting the exhibition. Connected via livestream, Cheng and Roitfeld will together toast to craftsmanship, cross-continent cultural exchange, and the commencement of “Savoir-Faire”.

Cheng will also be hosting a silent charity auction featuring one-of-a-kind fashion collectible pieces, where a portion of the proceeds will go to UNESCO and K11 Craft & Guild Foundation for conservation of traditional craftsmanship.

“Savoir-Faire” is a continuation of the ongoing partnership between Cheng and Roitfeld. Last year, they launched “K11 Original Masters”—a three-part webinar series that aired on social media platforms—where they engaged in conversation with the pioneering leaders of fashion brands to explore the significance of century-old artisanship.

 

Early bird tickets for “Savoir-Faire: The Mastery of Craft in Fashion” available from now until 6 December—book today and be part of the craft and couture extravaganza.

 

Savoir-Faire: The Mastery of Craft in Fashion
13 December 2021 — 14 February 2022
6/F, K11 Art & Cultural Centre, K11 MUSEA

Early Bird:
Available until 6 December 2021
Monday to Thursday: HK$60
Friday to Sunday: HK$80

General:
Monday to Thursday: HK$70
Friday to Sunday: HK$100

*Free walk-in entry for full-time students / children under 18

Book via K11 MUSEA website or head to the K11 HK app.

 

 

 
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