Legacy of Alfred Shaheen

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It was like going back in time, witnessing the epitome of East-meets-West fashion originating from Hawaii. The HI Fashion – Legacy of Alfred Shaheen event on Saturday at Bishop Museum highlighted the work of this innovative, ground-breaking aloha wear designer.

The fashion show paid tribute to Shaheen, the pioneer of aloha wear. A special collection from Reyn Spooner introducing reinterpretations of the original textile designs developed in the 1950s and 1960s opened the show. The second line of the show featured some of Shaheen’s timeless aloha shirts with high-quality fabrics and distinct textile prints. The third line featured some of Shaheen’s exquisite dresses highlighting the classic feminine silhouette. The finale showcased Hawaii’s own Andy South, who unveiled a capsule collection inspired by Shaheen.

“I was truly inspired by the story of Shaheen, his culturally authentic aesthetic and his dedication to doing everything in Hawaii,” South said. “In putting together this collection, I tried to think like one of his designers — channeling his aesthetic sensibilities into the world of today.”

The regal Beverly Noa, Shaheen’s signature model was at the event and performed a beautiful hula before the fashion show.

The exhibit runs through Feb. 4, 2013. For more information, call 808-847-3511 or visit bishopmuseum.org

Legacy of Alfred Shaheen

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5 comments
artonawing
artonawing

Wonderful to see how enduring Alfred Shaheen fashions are and looking as beautiful as it was when it was

just created. And the contribution to the world of fashion from Hawaii by way of Reyn Spooner and Andy South. Also, wonderful coverage of this event!

DaynaKalakau
DaynaKalakau

It was a great event. Thank you for having me, Amanda. Nice write-up!

RebeccaLin
RebeccaLin

The event altogether was amazing! Beautiful and classic Alfred Shaheen garments + Reyn Spooner and Andy South's garments = Great Show! 

LyleA
LyleA

This was a great fashion show. Good Job Amanda.

Edwinam
Edwinam

Hi Amanda! Great to see you be part of the crazy nonstop family! Lol - Edwina