BBC Record London: Trio of Renowned Musicians to Accompany Minika Ko’s Benefit Runway Show

Anna Cley, French opera singer, mezzo-soprano. Andy Lin, Violist. Andrea Zola of MBD Beauty. Minika Ko, fashion designer. Photographed by Alex Beauchesne

Anna Cley, French opera singer, mezzo-soprano. Andy Lin, Violist. Andrea Zola of MBD Beauty. Minika Ko, fashion designer. Photographed by Alex Beauchesne


By BBC Record

New York, NY, February 17, 2017 On Friday, February 17th at 8 PM, Minika Ko will join New York City artists and designers for a benefit fashion and art show, entitled Fashion Week F/W 2017 Closing Party, to help raise awareness of the child trafficking issues in the world. The event will take place at the historic Church of Holy Apostles, which has a rich history of being the center of social outreach in New York City. Accompanying the show will be an original composition by pianist Chi Wei Lo, violist Wei-Yang Andy Lin, and opera singer Anna Cley.

Minika Ko will present an extension of her ready-to-wear Kovasky collection emphasizing one of her core principles: finding a perfect crossroad of modern and classical. Fittingly, the trio of musicians will be performing compositions such as classical opera aria remixes consisting of contemporary musical elements from the genres of hip hop, techno, and more. Brilliantly, much of the piece will be improvised by the three renowned musicians who regularly perform at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall, and the set will be supplemented by a projection-mapped visual display of avant-garde film. The designer, a former classical pianist and cellist, regularly incorporates unique music as part of her showmanship. At Ko’s last show at New York Fashion Week, there was an elaborately crafted original composition performed, bolstering a wonderful night of fashion.

Chi Wei Lo, a Taiwanese-born pianist, has garnered a reputation for his technical mastery and ability to creatively improvise. A winner of the prestigious Steinway Competion, Lo performs as both a soloist and a chamber player. Taiwanese-born Wei-Yang Andy Lin, a prominent violist and erhuist, made his solo debut at Lincoln Center. He is the artistic director and founder of the New Asia Chamber Music Society. Anna Cley, a mezzo-soprano, was born in Normandy, singing and performing in both France and Belgium and winning numerous international competitions. Cley performed at Minika Ko’s runway show last New York Fashion Week and received marvelous praise. This will be the the first time that the musicians will improvise together as a trio for a fashion show.

Minika Ko is a fashion designer based in New York City. Born in Taiwan, she has worked as a designer in France, Taipei, Los Angeles, finally calling New York City her home. Minika brings her global experiences to the world of fashion, designing with adventurers in mind - the courageous, independent, modern women. Her design philosophy lies in enhancing a woman’s confidence by highlighting her best features, such that she will always feel like herself in her outfit – the woman she desires to be. Minika debuted her first women’s ready-towear collection during New York Fashion Week in September 2016.

Minika Ko’s runway show, a part of the Fashion Week Closing Party, will start at 8 pm on Friday, February 17th at Church of Holy Apostles located at 296 9th Avenue in Manhattan. The event, produced by The Set NYC, is a benefit show, from which all proceeds will go the Freedom Ladder, a non-profit organization dedicated to making the world safer for children.


Source: BBC Record