Last month, Seattle fashion designer Luly Yang joined the ranks of some of the most esteemed and accomplished Asians — including actor Bruce Lee and TV host and choreographer Carrie Ann Inaba — when she was inducted into the Asian Hall of Fame.
The Taiwanese-American designer began her career as a graphic designer, which led her to create her eponymous label that has evolved to include everything from bespoke wedding gowns to men’s suits to ready-to-wear and accessories. Throughout the last 19 years, Yang has been acknowledged for her design and philanthropic work with awards that include Nellie Cashman’s Women Business Owners of Seattle and The Knot’s “Best of Weddings Pick.”
“I am truly honored to be inducted into the Asian Hall of Fame,” said Yang. “My cultural heritage and values have guided me throughout my career, from my early years in graphic design to my work in the fashion industry designing couture and ready-to-wear. I will continue to lean on what was passed down to me as I continue to pursue my passion in design, both in couture and in branded corporate uniform solutions.”
Alongside Yang, Crazy Rich Asians director Jonathan Chu, three-time Olympic medalist John Robert Celski, and Emmy Award-winning producer of The Talk Marc Anthony Nicholas were inducted this year as well.
The Asian Hall of Fame is sponsored by the Robert Chinn Foundation, which honors Robert Chinn, who founded the first Asian-owned bank in the United States in the 1960s. The foundation was created by Chinn’s family in 1986 to “continue his work of helping the community,” according to the foundation. The nonprofit also supports programs that enhance the civic, economic, educational, and cultural quality of life.
Yang and the other honorees were celebrated in May at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel.