이상봉 or Lie Sang Bong is a very well known and respect Korean fashion designer, in fact, he is also knows as the “Korean McQueen”. This designer has been working inside the fashion industry since 1985. His designs are the perfect example of what a structured almost avant-garde piece should look like.
Lie Sang Bong started his career by creating garments for private clientes at his atelier in Seoul. In the year 1985 when he found his eponymous brand, LIE SANGBONG and then, in 1993, he presented his first ready-to-wear collection, “The Reincarnation,” during Seoul Fashion Week where he quickly won the love and respect from Korean celebrities.
While being a huge deal in Korea, Lie Sang Bong decided to expand his vision and style into Europe, where he presented one of his collection during Paris Fashion Week in 2002. As the notoriety of Mr. Lie’s collections continued to grow, he participated in several collaborative projects.
Mr. Lie has kept growing his reputation all over the world thanks to his amazing sense of style where he mixes his influences that include Korean poetry, calligraphy and architecture, Cubism, Bauhaus design, 1930’s Film Noir heroines, and the natural world. Also, his garment construction is approached from an architectural perspective; silhouettes are built out from Bauhaus-influenced geometric shapes.
LIE SANGBONG continues to receive critical acclaim and has been featured in publications including: Vogue, Vanity Fair, W, The New York Times, Le Figaro, The Telegraph, Elle, and Harper’s Bazaar. Mr. Lie has dressed notable women such as Korea’s First Lady, Beyoncé, Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Rosario Dawson, Kelly Rowland, and Juliette Binoche.
There you guys have it; in my opinion Lie Sang Bong is the perfect representation of elegance and a great example of the amazing work Korean designers can do.