I had a brief conversation with an art curator in Hong Kong, and while I was still complaining how the Hong Kong government doesn’t seem to be supporting young emerging creatives enough – he answered otherwise. He highlighted an interesting point – which is that the problems we see here in Hong Kong are, if not even more so, just as vivid in other Southeast Asia countries. While we get clouded under the struggles of a lack of space, funding, and opportunities; we oversee the achievements that local creatives are actually gaining abroad.
Case in point would be the four local Hong Kong designers who were supported by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council at London Fashion Week last month. Hosted at the Somerset House where more than 600 international buyers, media representatives and fashion experts attended; the creativity of Hong Kong has definitely made a mark in the UK.
Including brands, HEAVEN PLEASE+ by Yi Chan and Lary Cheung; HOUSE OF V by Vickie Au; Maison Vermillion by Dora Chu; and METHODOLOGY by Glori Tsui; HKTDC also invited Hong Kong photographer Max Chan (on behalf of Lomography) to shoot the fashion presentation.