Born in Seoul, South Korea, raised in Austin, Texas, and educated at London’s Central Saint Martins (CSM) under the late professor Louise Wilson, Rok Hwang has a truly international backstory. The 35-year-old went on to work at Chloé, Louis Vuitton, and Celine, where he was one of Phoebe Philo’s first recruits during her 10-year tenure as creative director.
Since launching his label, Rokh, in 2017 and winning the LVMH Special Prize of 150,000 the following year, London-based Hwang now shows in Paris, and has taken the fashion world by storm with his precisely deconstructed creations that draw on an eclectic combination of references, colors and textures. “My collections aren’t for one type of culture or woman — it’s more of a fantasy,” he says.
For SS21, Hwang opted for a pre-recorded runway show, shot at a secret location, rather than presenting to a live audience. Inspired by children’s novels and films of the ’90s, the collection — entitled Night Wanderer — is an ode to fictional characters and the vivid imaginations of coming-of-age youths.
Ahead of his show premiere on the Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode (FHCM) website on 5 October during Paris Fashion Week, Read More