The San Francisco Fall Art & Antiques Show is thrilled and proud to have renowned fashion designer Andrew Gn as its honorary chair. The youngest son of a close-knit, cosmopolitan family, Andrew was born in Singapore and had an enlightened education encompassing the classics of Western civilization and Asian cultures and languages. History and art were favorite subjects. Andrew was immersed in the world of antiques through his parents who were connoisseurs. Collecting antique furniture, porcelain and textiles soon became one of his serious pursuits. In his own words “World class antiques shows with top-notch dealers are like ephemeral private museums. Once sees art which might never appear again in a lifetime. I find this discovery so exciting, I can connect with dealers whom I do not know, and maybe add to my own collections?”
(Portrait by Anne Combaz, pre-fall 2017 fashion image via vogue.com)
Andrew opened his eponymous fashion house in Paris in 1996, after a year as first assistant to Monsieur Emanuel Ungaro. His experience at Ungaro, along with fashion design studies at London’s famous Saint Martin’s School of Art, plus a Master’s from Milan’s prestigious Domus Academy, endowed him with incomparable training, precision, technical skill and discipline. His sense of beauty, quest for perfection and optimistic determination are all Andrew’s own.
(spring 2017 ready-to-wear fashion images via vogue.com)
As to the San Francisco's show's Flower Power theme, Andrew said the following: “Other than art, flowers are another great passion of mine. They often serve as a source of inspiration for my work. One gets so much joy living with flowers in all forms, you can’t get tired of them.” Sure enough, like any gardener who must give his flowers a stage, the designer plants his within his beautiful fabrications: woven and embroidered in glorious colors, micro-beaded and painstakingly rendered in precise clusters of square sequins or cut from delicate swaths of chiffon and organdy. Breathtaking!
(close-up on spring 2017 accessory via Andrew Gn)