Gemma Kahng in Houston

Gemma Kahng in Houston

Photography: Semant Jain

Text: Brooke-Ashley Peterson

The name Gemma Kahng has been fully rejuvenated. Kahng was born and raised in Korea, where she learned to sew, and where an innovative use of fabrics propelled her into quick success.

Gemma's work was regularly featured in Vogue and Harper's Bazaar and her collections have been carried by major department stores... but not anymore as much, not since the 1990s.She's been off the radar as of late, but her momentum was rightfully rekindled during her showing of F/W 2012, and again with her S/S 2013, most recently on Thursday, November 15th at Houston Fashion Week, where floral patterns combined with textured leather for garden party chic.

The expertise acquired throughout her vast design history is evident in the carefully executed work displayed here in her triumphant comeback, modernized through vibrant colors, romantic textures, whimsical floral patterns and laser-cut leather. She is a designer to watch out for in the coming seasons, maintaining the rich legacies of fashion afforded by a long career in the industry.

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