Lie Sang Bong
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Lie Sang Bong is a Korean fashion designer.
Early life[change | edit source]
Lie graduated Seoul Institutes of the Arts, majoring in broadcasting and entertainment. He was a theatrical actor when he was in his 20s. After a while, he made his debut as a fashion designer in 1983 when he got prize in the Central Design Contest.
Career[change | edit source]
In 1993, he gained attention from Korean fashion communities, presenting his first collection, ‘The Reincarnation’, in Seoul Fashion Week. Furthermore, in 1999, he was nominated as ‘Best Designer of the Year’ by the mayor of Seoul because of his creativity and commercial growth. Finally, in 2002, he made his debut in Paris and successfully launched his first title, ‘The Lost Memoir’. Since then, he has been based there and now his works are greatly appreciated in Europe, U.S.A and Russia.
His designs are inspired from the imperial love affair of Napoleon and Josephine, Korean poetry and calligraphy, Cubism, Bauhaus design, and 1930s film noir heroines. Moreover, his designs realize both aesthetic beauty and practical aspect as he pursues combination of real life and culture. In his collection, his works perfectly show structural beauty of women’s silhouette so that feminine beauty is maximally expressed. Nevertheless, they are naturally wearable and provide comfortableness to the people who wear them in their real life. He also harmonizes French fashion and elaborate Oriental aesthetic, creating the totally new and unique design based on the beauty of nature and sophisticated visual characteristic. Especially, his bold trial to use red and violet, which are harmonized with the vivid colors that he uses, expresses great energy and freshness to the viewers.
After he became famous in 1993 and got the great prize from the mayor of Seoul, his popularity continuously increased. In 2006, LG collaborated with him, making a LG Shine Phone Lie Sang-bong Limited Edition. This cellular phone was beautifully designed with Korean Calligraphy, Hangeul. In 2007, KT&G, the Korean tobacco firm, collaborated with him, making a limited case of tobacco, ‘Esse’ which was also designed with Hangeul. Samsung also collaborated with him and exhibited Lie Sang-bong PC. In 2010, he designed custom of Kim Yuna, the World Figure Skating champion, for the ‘Festa on Ice 2010’. His appearance in Muhandojeon in 2006 contributed to his popularity. Muhandojeon, which means unlimited challenge in Korean, is one of the most famous TV programs in Korea. In the program, he designed customs for the 6 entertainers and successfully made them participate in his fashion show. After his appearance in the TV program, he has been known as a Hangeul designer because all of the show was based on showing the beauty of Hangeul.
In 2013 he appeared on KBS sports-oriented variety show Cool Kiz on the Block for a ping pong project where he revealed his ping pong skills. He first appeared in the 88 Seoul Olympics 25th Anniversary Special, and then joined the team for a ping pong battle in Saipan.
Not only is he famous nationwide, but also he becomes famous internationally. He is introduced as Alexander McQueen in the famous fashion magazine in the world such as Le Figaro, Telegraph, the New York Times, Vogue, Vanity Fair, Oyster, Standard and W Magazine. Moreover, internationally famous celebrities, such as Beyoncé, Rihanna, Lady Gaga, and Lindsay Lohan enjoy wearing his works. He is also known as an artist so he has hosted some exhibitions in museums and fashion shows.