China Institute and Yue-Sai Kan China Beauty Charity Fund (CBCF) announced that the fifth annual China Fashion Gala has been rescheduled as a one-hour virtual event to be broadcasted globally on Thursday, July 23, 2020 at 8 p.m. ET. The annual celebration of Chinese design serves as a platform for Chinese talent emerging onto the international stage, as well as a forum for recognizing individuals whose contributions have helped position China at the forefront of global fashion and beauty.
China Fashion Gala 2020 will be hosted by Yue-Sai Kan, co-chair of China Institute and founder and chairwoman of CBCF. “These days, everything seems to be upside down, but China Institute has weathered many storms throughout its nearly 100 years,” observed Kan. “We believe that it’s important that the world know China through its culture – through fashion, music, dance and language. With our friends from all over, our charity gala ‘One World in Beauty’ will celebrate beauty in its many delightful and wonderous forms to deliver a message of inspiration and hope.”
This year’s gala will honor Estée Lauder with the Beauty Award. This inaugural award will be accepted by Group President, The Estée Lauder Companies, and Global Brand President, Estée Lauder Stephane de La Faverie, presented by Yang Mi. Chinese investor, entrepreneur and philanthropist Wendy Yu will be honored with the Millennial Leadership Award, presented by Jason Wu. Chinese American designer Phillip Lim will be honored with the Leadership Award, presented by Lisa Ling. Actress, director, artist and activist Lucy Liu will be honored with the Icon Award, presented by Yue-Sai Kan. Each award has been donated by Baccarat.
Co-chairs of the gala include Meihodo Co., Ltd.; Mark Gong, emerging Chinese designer; Julian Rizzuto, international marketing and sales executive of Conair Corporation; and Jeannette Chang, former SVP of Hearst Magazines International.
Proceeds from the gala will benefit the many diverse programs of China Institute, the oldest independent, non-profit organization in America to focus exclusively on China. Founded in 1926, China Institute serves as a gateway for Americans to all things China: education, culture, art and business.
“In the current environment, we need to find moments to celebrate and share joy,” said James B. Heimowitz, president of China Institute. “China Fashion Gala is an opportunity to do just that through the prism of One World in Beauty. I look forward to gathering virtually for a glamorous, fun-filled night with all of our friends who are coming together to stand with China Institute during these turbulent times.”