Talking Talent:

The spotlight was on four talented Asian designers at Asia Society’s Women in Fashion event

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Designers/panelists Khanh Nguyen, Chloe Dao, Naina Shah, Becky Hollands, and moderator Joy Sewing

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Betty Gee, Tiffany Le
Betty Gee, Tiffany Le

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Jenny Pallais, Jessica Candela, Karin Jamieson
Jenny Pallais, Jessica Candela, Karin Jamieson

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Designers/panelists Khanh Nguyen, Chloe Dao, Naina Shah, Becky Hollands, and moderator Joy Sewing

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Photo Credits: Katy Anderson

Designers/panelists Khanh Nguyen, Chloe Dao, Naina Shah, Becky Hollands, and moderator Joy Sewing

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Carolyn Sabat, Anne Chao, Li Xu
Carolyn Sabat, Anne Chao, Li Xu
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Jenny Pallais, Jessica Candela, Karin Jamieson
Jenny Pallais, Jessica Candela, Karin Jamieson
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Chloe Dao
Chloe Dao
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Betty Gee, Tiffany Le
Betty Gee, Tiffany Le
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Christina Zhou, Leela Krishnamurthy, Peta-gay Ledbetter
Christina Zhou, Leela Krishnamurthy, Peta-gay Ledbetter
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Glen and Kathy Gondo
Glen and Kathy Gondo
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Saleena Jafry, Gordon Quan
Saleena Jafry, Gordon Quan
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Sheela Rao and Monjula Chidambaram

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Brigitte Kalai, Guest, Mandy Kao
Brigitte Kalai, Guest, Mandy Kao
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The Celebration

The panel discussion, Women in Fashion, provided the finale for the 2017-2018 Bank of America Women’s Leadership Series (WLS) hosted by Asia Society Texas Center (ASTC). The series is ASTC’s flagship program showcasing distinguished female professionals. Moderated by Houston Chronicle fashion reporter, Joy Sewing, the sold-out evening featured designers Chloe Dao, Becky Hollands, Khanh Nguyen, and Naina Shah.

The Story

During the thought-provoking Q & A, Chloe Dao, owner of Rice Village Boutique; Becky Hollands, designer for the exclusive luxury-lifestyle brand Becky Hollands; Khanh Nguyen, creative director and designer behind the Nha Khanh label; and Naina Shah, who creates intricate embellishments for European and American fashion houses, recounted their fascinating experiences in the fashion industry and took questions from the audience. Afterward, at the post-event reception held at The Southmore, guests and panelists enjoyed music and delicacies from Cordúa Catering.

The Moments

During the reception, participants had the privilege of viewing a sampling of the panelists’ exclusive designs, which were on display for their enjoyment.

About Asia Society Texas Center

Asia Society is the leading educational organization promoting mutual understanding and strengthening partnerships among the peoples, leaders, and institutions of Asia and the West. Asia Society Texas Center executes the global mission with a local focus, enriching and engaging the vast diversity of Houston through innovative relevant programs in arts and culture, business and policy, education, and community outreach.