Fashion Designer Le Ngok Makes Debut in the Art Scene

By Marane A. Plaza

After imprinting her fashion design aesthetic among insiders during her runway presentation at the Bench Fashion Week S/S2024 in March, Carla Zhang of design label Le Ngok made her debut in the contemporary art scene at the recently held Modern and Contemporary Art Fair (MOCAF).

An annual event at the Marquis Events Place in Bonifacio Global City, MOCAF showcases the works of contemporary artists from the Philippines and around the world with the vision to provide a platform for artistic expression and cultural exchange. The three-day event has become a cornerstone of the local art scene, attracting a diverse audience of collectors, art enthusiasts, and creative professionals.

Known for her experimental approach to wearable art and mixed media, Le Ngok presented a unique fusion of materials for her debut as an artist. Event guests flocked at The Art Toys PH booth to take a look at her creations.

Fashion designer and artist Lengok with actress Glaiza de Castro at the booth
Raymond Ty, Trickie Lopa and Le Ngok
Zild Benitez and Friends

“We are thrilled with the response to Le Ngok‘s debut at MOCAF,” said Art Toys PH Founder and Curator Raymond Ty. “Her ability to blend different media and push the boundaries of contemporary art has resonated deeply with both established collectors and new art lovers. This event marks a significant milestone in her career and sets the stage for future endeavors.”

The fashion community, known for its synergy with the arts, showed robust support for Le Ngok‘s debut. Esteemed designers such as Carl Jan Cruz, Renz Reyes and the dynamic duo Ha.Mu were present, further highlighting the intersection of fashion and contemporary art. Their presence underscored the growing trend of collaboration between these creative industries, amplifying the significance of Le Ngok’s work.

Fashion Designers Ha.Mu and Le Ngok
Fashion designers Carl Jan Cruz, Le Ngok and Raymond Ty

Le Ngok‘s art pieces for the show featured various materials and mixed media.

Other talented artists were also featured at the event, including Kelvin Morales, Vincent Trinidad, Ireland Jill and Anagram. Their diverse and compelling works complemented each other, offering rich tapestry of contemporary art for all to enjoy.

The artistic evolution of various artists was highlighted too, while both seasoned art enthusiasts and emerging collectors got to connect. Meanwhile, the collective display highlighted the dynamic range of contemporary art practices and fostered a sense of community among the artists and attendees.

The Modern and Contemporary Art Fair continues to be a pivotal event in the art calendar, fostering connections between artists, collectors, and the broader creative community. This year’s event was a testament to the thriving art scene in the Philippines and the increasing recognition of contemporary artists like Le Ngok.

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