Grace Chen is an exceptional designer whose style and fashion transcends time and culture. She learned Chinese calligraphy in her early childhood and was a fan of Rock-n-Roll as a teenager. Grace studied at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York and received an award for Best Design of the Year. After 15 years working in New York and Los Angeles, Grace returned to Shanghai in 2009 and established her own brand – Grace Chen.
Grace’s mission is to bring out the true elegance of every woman with traditional heritage and authentic craftsmanship. Grace Chen Couture is now a remarkable representation of the unique Chinese aesthetics – “Serenity”, “Profoundness”, “Glamour”, and the modern Western femininity and strength.
Grace Chen’s designs comprehend a wide range of business formal, casual, evening gowns, cocktail and wedding attire. There is also a children’s line, targeting girls of ages 5-14. Accredited by her clients as “the designer with the best understanding toward women”, Grace’s designs can bring out the beauty and charm within women of all ages. Grace Chen’s distinguished style blends the rich tradition, refinement and craftsmanship of authentic Chinese culture with the seductive glamour of the West. Combining effortless sophistication, exquisite silhouettes and hints of edginess, Grace evokes the unique beauty and femininity of every woman in a manner that is always elegant, romantic and timeless.
Hailed as “the Power Dresser of China” by the South China Morning Post, Grace has become the “go-to” designer for some of the most prestigious and successful women in the world, including American Talk show host Oprah Winfrey; Academy-Award winner Helen Mirren; China Olympics Volleyball Team coach Lang Ping; media & social activist Yue-sai Kan; media Host & business woman Yang Lan; actresses – Angie Chiu, Fan Bingbing and Lin Chi-ling, to name a few.
To establish the iconic image of modern Chinese women worldwide, Grace Chen has frequently participated in fashion and cultural exchange around the world. In 2014, Grace was one of the main designers for the 22nd APEC Summit held in Beijing. In 2015, she was invited by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Culture to present a runway show in Brussels, as part of celebrations for the 40th anniversary of China-European Union relations. Grace is also a two-times Guest Speaker at the GREAT Festival of Creativity (2015) and GREAT Festival of Innovation (2018), organized in conjunction with the British Government. Grace also participated in the 2016 US-China “Women's Leadership Exchange and Dialogue” as an outstanding entrepreneur, and was the first Fashion Design Guest Speaker at Fortune Magazine’s 4th “Most Powerful Women International Summit” in 2017.
Grace Chen was recently invited as the highlight designer at the 2018 New York China Fashion Gala to present a full-length couture show. The gala was co-hosted by Ms. Yue-sai Kan China Beauty Charity Foundation and the China Institute to promote and support Chinese creative talent on the international stage. During the event, Grace shared the spotlight with powerhouse honorees such as designer Christian Louboutin, actress Maggie Q, Shanghai Tang and Tiffany & Co., marking a key milestone for Grace Chen's international recognition.