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Choua Lee

Artist Bio

Choua Lee is a first generation Hmong-American designer. She is a mother, wife, entrepreneur and teacher. Ever since Choua was a young girl, she has aspired to be a fashion designer. Choua's other interests include theater, dance, music and fine arts. Choua draws inspiration for her design work from her culturally diverse background and her love of the arts. Choua strives to bridge the gap between Hmong culture and contemporary western fashion to offer a fresh perspective. In Choua's first line 'Au Fait Legacy' she incorporates traditional Hmong details along with western sensibilities to achieve clothes that are both aesthetically pleasing and functional for everyday wear.

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Artist Statement

I am introspective and observant…my style and approach to design comes from within as well as from my environment.

I am inspired by the high intensity primary colors that are found in traditional Hmong fashion and intricate Hmong embroidery and applique detail. As an artist I am drawn to intense color and interesting geometric shape and line.

Au Fait Legacy

The French term “Au Fait” means to know or have intimate knowledge of something. This collection represents the rich heritage of Hmong culture blended with a contemporary approach to design.

The collection focuses on both day and evening dresses for women between the ages of 32-38.

Designer Looks

Silk taffeta tea length cocktail dress with Hmong inspired black and white stripe and bolero jacket

Two piece strapless silk evening dress with Hmong print bodice, peplum and trumpet skirt

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