Teen designer, activist Ashlyn So encourages unity through New York Fashion Week Collection

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) – Prodigious fashion Ashlyn So graced TV screens and runways throughout her childhood. In 2021, the designer turned activist handcrafted a collection for New York Fashion Week inspired by the “Stop Asian Hate” movement, called “Beneath the Surface”.

At first glance, the collection amazes the viewer with geometric designs and optical illusions. Dig deeper and you will find symbolic elements that represent the struggle, strength and resilience of the AAPI community.

The video above digs beneath the surface to learn about Ashlyn’s creation process, the trip to New York Fashion Week, and the activism behind her intentional designs. Check out the behind-the-scenes vlog footage, meet the model activists and follow the group backstage as they prepare for their first runway time.

Exclusive interviews reveal how Ashlyn became a designer and what prompted her to lead her first community gathering. He also opens up and shares the sadness he felt when he witnessed the recorded attacks on AAPI seniors.

Ashlyn translated her personal pain into “artivism”. She invited a group of young model activists to join her on the biggest stage in fashion to take a stand against racism and share AAPI culture through clothing.

Through her work, Ashlyn spreads a message of unity fueled by the next generation.

For more information on Ashlyn So, please visit here.

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