This past trip to Shanghai, I finally met the Chinese designer, Han Feng. Han Feng is a friend of my mother’s and is often jet setting between Shanghai and New York. She is world renowned for her costumes in operas and has designed for Madama Butterfly, The Bonesetter’s Daughter and Semele. Her recent silk bird lanterns were exhibited in the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.
My mother owned a few of her gorgeous items and I couldn’t wait to meet Han Feng and see her studio in Shanghai. Her work is breathtaking. There is so much attention to detail and some of the designs are very avant-garde. Seeing her clothes made me wish I had a fancy gala to attend (and that she could make me a one-of-a-kind dress).
On top of being a talented designer, Han Feng is warm and incredibly nice. Plus, she’s a foodie! We compared notes on places to eat in San Francisco and Shanghai (it’s like we’re kindred spirits). I walked out of her store with four scarves, three necklaces and a pair of shoes. Yes, my name is Jackie and I am an accessories junkie. I can’t wait to follow Han Feng’s work and see what she does next!