South Korean fashion designer Lea Seong released her latest spring summer collection at China Fashion Week recently and it had a "flapper" style from the 1920s.
Lea says this was a more mannish look that was flamboyant, elegant and sexy. She has combined this with a more contemporary feel.
"A fashionable flapper had short sleek hair and a shorter than average shapeless shift dress," Lea says.
In her collection, the waistline drops more toward the hip and the breast-line is flattened, which results in a long and slim line. This was known as garconne, a French word meaning "boyish."
"Girls were using heavy cosmetics in that age. Just like boys, they smoked with a long cigarette holder and danced in the clubs. They were freer, with less pressure," Lea says.
She uses loose trousers and oversized jackets to express women's freedom, and tight shirts and boots to express their elegance.
All her fabric is organic. Colors are simple: black, white and light yellow. The vintage look will be popular next season, Lea predicts.
Lea graduated from Chung Ang University in South Korea and also has a degree from Parsons School of Design in New York.
Combining both oriental and Western styles, she created her own fashion brand "Lea Seong" in Shanghai last year.
Since then, she has presented her collections at China Fashion Week. She is also the first foreign member of the China Fashion Designers Association.
(China Daily 11/21/2009 page6)