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In this section of the Hong Kong fashion website you will find information about Hong Kong fashion designers.  We will list in this area fashion designers that currently are based in Hong Kong and also fashion designers that have come from Hong Kong but may now work in other areas of the world.  Also, some of the designers may have been born in China.

Betty Clemo : Betty Clemo 莫蘭詩 (1920–2005) was a Hong Kong-based fashion and costume designer active in the 1950s until the end of the 1990s. Clemo relocated to Hong Kong at the end of the 1950s to work as an art director and costume designer for Shaw's studio. Under the studio system, she worked at numerous projects and is best remembered for her collaboration with Lin Dai, where she designed most of her costumes on and off stage.  In 1962 she started her own fashion brand, Betty Clemo, and set up a boutique called Betty Clemo's Couture at the Peninsula Hotel in Hong Kong.  She retired in the mid-1990s and moved to London with her grandchildren. She passed away in her sleep in 2005. Her fashion company is currently operated by her family in London, with boutiques in London, New York, Hong Kong, Macau, and numerous duty free shops throughout China.

Chocheng : Cho Cheng is a fashion designer and entrepreneur who founded his company CHOCHENG in New York.

Henry Lau (劉志華) (born 1973 in Hong Kong) is a Chinese fashion designer.  He has a chain of retail shops called Spy Henry Lau.  Lau began to design clothing while he was a student at Hong Kong Polytechnic University in 1992. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Fashion Design in 1995. Lau participated in costume creation and image design for different local singers and celebrities such as Leslie Cheung, Anita Mui, Jay Chow, Hacken Lee, etc. In 1996, Lau joined a fashion house and created trendy high fashion for Japan and South East Asia. The next year, he opened his own studio.

Ika Butoni : Indonesia-born, Hong Kong based fashion designer Ika, treats designing as a serious issue. “For me fashion design is not persay a career but a way to express myself day to day”. She said, “because Indonesians are so culturally gifted, my colour sense has been enriched. My roots also contribute to my major strength in embroidery, which I use a lot in my collections.” She realized very early in her career that there is no alternative to hard work, while design is subjective to the viewer. Having reconciled to this, she discovered that there are successive layers of inspiration in creating a collection, thinking of herself as a spectator in the imaginary world. “I firmly believe that I draw inspirations from my travels and my interactions with people from different lands that help me to develop the basic ingredients of my creations sprinkled with constant research of fabrics, continual experimentations with new embroideries and staying abreast of new technologies.

John Rocha : John Rocha is a Hong Kong born fashion designer based in Ireland best known for his distinctive style experimenting with fabric and technique.

KanchanCouture : Kanchan Couture is the creative vision of Fashion designer Kanchan Panjabi. “Kanch” as she liked to be known returned to Hong Kong from London to launch her own label, Kanchan Couture, designing luxury women’s wear. Kanch’s passion is to transform classic shapes from a bygone era in combination with opulent Indian textiles creating a wearable modernity for everywoman.  With the opening of L’atelier de Kanch her workshop, studio and creative hub, she has developed a reputation for designing luxurious, elegant women’s wear and accessories. Inspiration is derived from India, Kanchan’s country of origin, "It all began with an image of my mother seated on a bike in 1960’s India. I fell in love with the image as it portrays who I really am; my Indian roots yet a child of a hybrid world."

Vivienne Tam (traditional Chinese: 譚燕玉; pinyin: Tán Yànyù) (born 28 November 1957) is a fashion designer based in New York City. She was born in Guangzhou, China and moved to Hong Kong at the age of three. She attended Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Tam's fashion brand is named after her and is inspired by Chinese culture, design and modern fashion; East meets West. The theme of her first collection was EAST WIND CODE. Her shops can be found in most major cities around the world.

If you know of any other Hong Kong fashion designers, please let us know.  We would be happy to improve our guide by adding additional designers of fashion to this section.

If you are researching designers from other countries, you can use the fashion designer guide on Apparel Search.  That designer directory contains international designers.  The list may include some designers from HK, but that particular guide is NOT specific to Hong Kong.

You may want to also learn about the Hong Kong Fashion Designers Association.  In summary, the Hong Kong Fashion Designers Association (HKFDA) was founded in 1984 by a group of successful and enthusiastic local fashion designers. As a non-profit making and self-financing organization, it aims to unite fashion designers, with both professionalism and expertise, to develop and better both their careers and the industry within and beyond the territory.

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