Yeohlee: Design For Now
Crow Collection of Asian Art
October 3, 2009 to January 3, 2010
Yeohlee: Design For Now opens at the Crow Collection of Asian Art October 3, 2009 and will be on view through January 3, 2010. This is the first major exhibition in Dallas that showcases the work of designer Yeohlee Teng, whose name has become synonymous with design innovation and artistic integrity.
“Clothes have magic,” Ms. Teng said. “Their geometry forms shapes that can lend a wearer power.”
The exhibition will feature selected designs and concepts from Yeohlee’s 2004-2009 collections. The focus will be on the evolution of her approach to design, which closely parallels architectural concerns but is ultimately attentive to the body. Yeohlee: Design For Now explores four primary themes: Urban Nomad, Made in New York, Fluid Geometry, and Zero Waste. These concepts illustrate the designer’s thought process as one collection gives way to the next.
“The timing of this exhibition could not be more perfect,” said Amy Hofland, director of the Crow Collection of Asian Art. “Yeohlee’s fresh new designs will be a perfect backdrop for the Dallas Arts District as it unveils their new buildings.”
The Dallas exhibition is curated by Myra Walker, Director and Curator of the Texas Fashion Collection, College of Visual Arts and Design at the University of North Texas.
“Working together with Yeohlee in New York on this exhibition has been rewarding from many perspectives,” said Ms. Walker.
“It is compelling to examine the recent work and to present it in the context of design principles. Yeohlee is a change agent in the field of fashion: not change for trend’s sake, but for how the continuing evolution of her thought process is revealed over time. The clothing has power because it is so grounded. Yeohlee’s work evokes a modernist vision.”
About Yeohlee Teng
Award-winning designer Yeohlee Teng was born in Malaysia and has worked primarily in New York City, where she established her house, Yeohlee Inc, in 1981.
Ms. Teng believes that design comes from serving a function and is refined through time and process. Her designs are driven by material, maximizing the use of each fabric by thoughtful consideration of weight, texture, color, cut and finishing.
Her work has been shown in museums in New York, London, Paris, Los Angeles, Tokyo, Amsterdam, Berlin and Washington D.C. and is part of the permanent collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where curator Richard Martin called her “one of the most ingenious makers of clothing today. Yeohlee’s clothes conserve and impart energy for they are the synthesis of reason and magic.”
Yeohlee is the recipient of the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award for Fashion in 2004.
Crow Collection of Asian Art
The Crow Collection of Asian Art is located in the heart of the downtown Dallas Arts District at 2010 Flora Street. The free museum is dedicated to the arts and cultures of China, Japan, India and Southeast Asia. The Crow Collection is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays. The museum is closed Mondays. For more information please visit www.crowcollection.org or phone 214-979-6430.