My Favorite Designer 3: Vivienne Tam Fall/Winter 2010 Presentation at the Mercer Street Flagship, New York – the Pride of Hong Kong
Undoubtedly Vivienne Tam is well-known to the world for her East-meets-West fashion sense especially to New Yorkers, as Tam moved to New York in 1982 where she thrived on the excitement and energy of the fashion world after attending college to study fashion design in Hong Kong. Despite the fact that New York has become a home for her, Tam’s a native daughter of Hong Kong where she had lived with her parents who fled China for Hong Kong till she graduated from Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Growing up in the unique atmosphere of the then British colony of Hong Kong with its combination of Chinese and Western influences’ inspired Tam’s East-meets-West style. Season after season, Vivienne Tam draws inspiration from her Chinese heritage to create distinctive clothing that blends the best of both Eastern and Western cultures. In 1995, Tam sparked controversy with her “Mao” collection. The designs depicted the former Chinese Communist Party leader in unusual and humorous ways, such as with his hair in pigtails or with a bee on his nose. While alienating and offending her Chinese customers, Tam made waves in the US, as Americans lauded the provocative collection. In 1997, her “Buddha” collection excited similar interest and controversy.