Renowned Korean designer Andre Kim is known for his ability to put top-notch stars who rarely show up in public events on the catwalk for his shows.
But never before yesterday were so many celebrities spotted at his show.
Kim yesterday hosted the "Best Star Awards" as well as presenting his Christmas collection, "Christmas Fashion Fantasia" at the newly-established design atelier in Giheung, Gyeonggi Province.
The fashion show, which combined fashion and art, was the first-ever event held at the Giheung Atelier.
"The newly-opened atelier, unlike most indoor ones, enables people to enjoy not only fashion but also nature. I aimed at presenting a show that resembles a winter world in a fairytale with the Christmas tree, snow and ice," Kim said at the event.
The event featured an impressive line-up of some 25 A-class actors and sports stars who were awarded the Best Star Awards by Kim. The list included actors Jung Kyung-ho and Kim Bum; actresses Jeon Do-yeon and Kim Hee-sun; and sports stars Shin Ji-yai and Kim Yu-na.
The awardees, according to the Andre Kim Atelier, were chosen by three criteria - outstanding acting and self-discipline, achievements that have promoted Korea in the world and humanism, helping those in need.
One would naturally wonder how Kim manages to keep such a good network of celebrities which also include political and economic figures and foreign ambassadors. It is a widely-known fact that late pop legend Michael Jackson too was a fan of Kim`s clothes.
Kim`s secret, especially regarding stars, is reading all the 17 local newspapers every morning - he discovers up-and-coming talent and cast them as main models for his show early on in their career.
Kim continues to maintain good relations with them afterwards like a family member so that even when they become famous and busy, they are happy to take up Kim`s requests to model for his shows.
By Koh Young-aah