“Astronaut vs. Samurai” was first conceived as a collaborative effort between Sunghee Bang and video director John Karian. Sunghee wanted to create costumes that reflected opposing ideas from which John could then develop a visual story around.
The idea of future versus past, modern versus tradition, and Western versus Eastern was the basis from which the two costumes were created: an astronaut and a samurai. The beauty in contrast and juxtaposition between the two perfectly reflected Sunghee’s signature style. The modern silhouette, use of zippers and snaps as details, mixture of soft and hard fabrics all worked together to harmonize the two costumes despite their drastically different places in time.
It was from these costumes that Sunghee designed her Spring Summer 2011 collection. With a muted palette of nudes, grays, blacks and a plum purple, Sunghee created 20 pieces consisting of easy-to-wear knits, structured separates and leather accessories. A digitally printed “Plasma” jersey brings movement to the collection, while the use of detailing with hardware brings consistency.
Based in Brooklyn, N.Y., Sunghee launched her fashion career at the Fashion Institute of Technology where she studied Fashion Design with a specialization in Knitwear and Art. Interlacing her studies with internships at Alexander McQueen, Donna Karan, J Mendel, Jill Stuart and Peter Som, Sunghee diligently developed her sense of design and style. Upon graduating, Sunghee immediately and without hesitation set out to create her first collection. In just two seasons, label Sunghee Bang has grown exponentially. With glowing reviews from fashion editors and publications, distribution by department stores and boutiques nationwide, and a successful knitwear accessories line, Sunghee only looks forward.