The China Institute of Young Associates Night of Fashion Then and Now Showcases Emerging Designers

NY, NY, October 28, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio / I-Newswire) - The China Institute of Young Associates, the network of students and young professionals to encourage and foster cultural, educational and public service programs, staged its first Night of Fashion, entitled Then and Now, on October 20, 2010 at the CUE Center in New York City. Epitomizing the Institute’s mission of cross cultural exploration, the fashion show explored traditional Chinese dress dating back to the Zhou Dynasty (1046 BC) through the Early Republic (1912), as well as profiling emerging contemporary designers.

Young women’s wear designer Cody Sai was one among the four designers. “This is my first fashion show,” Cody Sai states, “my designs are inspired by paint brush strokes on fabric.” The nine piece collection for Spring / Summer 2011 featured muted colors, beautiful draping on elegant, but easy to wear pieces. The brush stroke patterns created soft textures that complimented flowing fabrics.

“I worked on the collection for about two months during nights and weekends,” states Cody Sai. “I’m grateful for the China Institute of Young Associates for organizing the show – it was an amazing opportunity.”

Other designers featured were Janet Zheng, Arbitrage, Ann Yee, and a jewelry showcase by Ken + Dana.

Cody Sai graduated with a degree in Fashion Design from the Fashion Instiute of Technology. Before launching his eponymous line of women’s wear, he apprenticed with Dutch designer Koos Van Den Akker, known for his patch-work knitwear. For more information, visit

Founded in 1926, the China Institute of Young Associates serves to promote a deeper understanding of Chinese culture through educational classes for adults and children, art exhibitions, and other cultural events such as lectures and film screenings. For more information, visit