Thursday, February 27, 2014

First Fridays: Hong Kong Design Institute Gallery

This was my first time heading out to the Tseung Kwan O area.  It was also my first time visiting the campus of the Hong Kong Design Institute, which is right outside of Exit A2 of Tiu Keng Leng station.  My first impression of this Institute:  "What architecture!"  It is a beautiful campus that is filled with creativity at every turn.

The entrance to the Hong Kong Design Institute and the exhibit currently showing
The exhibit that I went out here especially to check out was Belgian Spirit:  Dress Code.  This was a fashion focused exhibit showcasing designers from Belgium.  There were beautifully handcrafted handbags, jewelry, hats, shoes, and clothing splashed all over a beautifully created space (of which was constructed out of brown paper bags, cardboard boxes, and black drapery.

"Belgian designers have a fashion concept, and they are easy to wear."
The really great thing about this exhibit was seeing how Fashion is understood in Belgium.  I really liked the fact that the clothing style is described as easy, simple, and transformable.

Wonderful paper bag walls

Second gallery

Designed by Ann Demeulemeester (

Quirky bandaid necklace by Isabelle Lenfant (

Eye glass frame designs by Theo (

The Dress Code exhibit runs until March 31, 2014 and is a free exhibit.  The Gallery opens at 10:00am and closes at 8pm every day but Tuesday.  The next exhibit (beginning on March 14, 2014 - ending June 2, 2014) is George Nelson:  Architect, Writer, Designer, Teacher.