Special appearances to include Jason Wu, Christian Louboutin, Bette Midler, Angelica Cheung, and
Miss Universe Zozibini Tunzi
NEW YORK – June 29, 2020 – China Institute and Yue-Sai Kan China Beauty Charity Fund (CBCF) today announced that the fifth annual China Fashion Gala has been rescheduled as a one-hour virtual event to be broadcasted globally on Thursday, July 23, 2020 at 8 p.m. ET. The annual celebration of Chinese design serves as a platform for Chinese talent emerging onto the international stage, as well as a forum for recognizing individuals whose contributions have helped position China at the forefront of global fashion and beauty.
China Fashion Gala 2020 will be hosted by Yue-Sai Kan, co-chair of China Institute and founder and chairwoman of CBCF. “These days, everything seems to be upside down, but China Institute has weathered many storms throughout its nearly 100 years,” observed Kan. “We believe that it’s important that the world know China through its culture – through fashion, music, dance and language. With our friends from all over, our charity gala ‘One World in Beauty’ will celebrate beauty in its many delightful and wonderous forms to deliver a message of inspiration and hope.”
This year’s gala will honor Estée Lauder with the Beauty Award. This inaugural award will be accepted by Group President, The Estée Lauder Companies, and Global Brand President, Estée Lauder Stephane de La Faverie, presented by Yang Mi. Chinese investor, entrepreneur and philanthropist Wendy Yu will be honored with the Millennial Leadership Award, presented by Jason Wu. Chinese American designer Phillip Lim will be honored with the Leadership Award, presented by Lisa Ling. Actress, director, artist and activist Lucy Liu will be honored with the Icon Award, presented by Yue-Sai Kan. Each award has been donated by Baccarat.
Co-chairs of the gala include Meihodo Co., Ltd.; Mark Gong, emerging Chinese designer; Julian Rizzuto, international marketing and sales executive of Conair Corporation; and Jeannette Chang, former SVP of Hearst Magazines International.
Quincy Jones Productions is creating the globe-spanning opening performance. The evening will also include a special dance of the Thousand Hand Bodhisattva performed by members of the Chinese People’s Art Troupe of People with Disabilities; a fashion presentation by Chinese couture designer Xiong Ying, who will showcase her creations under the Heaven Gaia label; and appearances by Christian Louboutin, Guo Pei, Vivienne Tam, Mark Badgley and James Mischka of Badgley Mischka, Grace Chen, Angelica Cheung, Bette Midler, Miss Universe Zozibini Tunzi, Xiaowen Ju, Karolina Kurkova, Michelle Kwan, Jordan Connor, Jinjara Mitchell, Iris Apfel, Lang Lang, Joan Chen, Chen Man, Simon Collins, Ban Ki-moon, Dr. Ruth Westheimer, Kenny G, Tan Dun, David Henry Hwang, Cai Guo-Qiang, Amy Chua, and more.
Tickets to the gala are available on Eventbrite at two levels: free general admission and $500 VIP, which includes access to a private 30-minute cocktail party via Zoom with honorees immediately preceding the gala.
Proceeds from the gala will benefit the many diverse programs of China Institute, the oldest independent, non-profit organization in America to focus exclusively on China. Founded in 1926, China Institute serves as a gateway for Americans to all things China: education, culture, art and business.
“In the current environment, we need to find moments to celebrate and share joy,” said James B. Heimowitz, president of China Institute. “China Fashion Gala is an opportunity to do just that through the prism of One World in Beauty. I look forward to gathering virtually for a glamorous, fun-filled night with all of our friends who are coming together to stand with China Institute during these turbulent times.”
To further support the gala, an online silent auction on 32auctions.com will open on July 9 and close on July 30.
China Institute advances a deeper understanding of China through programs in education, culture, art and business. China Institute is the go-to resource on China – from ancient art to today’s business landscape and its rapidly shifting culture. Its programs, school and gallery exhibitions bring to life the depth, complexity and dynamism of China. Founded in 1926 by Chinese reformers Hu Shi and K.P. Wen and educators Paul Monroe and John Dewey, China Institute is the oldest independent, non-profit organization in America to focus exclusively on China.
Yue-Sai Kan China Beauty Charity Fund (“CBCF”) was established in 2011 in honor of Yue-Sai Kan by the Shanghai Soong Ching Ling Foundation, one of the most important and trusted charitable foundations in China. The word “beauty” in Chinese embodies caring, giving, honesty, and beautification of the human spirit. True to this spirit, CBCF is dedicated to the betterment and advancement of women and children through education, health and cultural programs worldwide. Since its establishment, CBCF has raised a total of 3 million USD to fund cleft lip and palate surgeries, provide free medical supplies to underserved regions in China, and provide scholarships for Chinese students through the CBCF Scholarship Program at the Fashion Institute of Technology, Peking University and a number of other prestigious universities.
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