Flora Kung is a creative artist, textile designer, fashion designer, thinker, a storyteller and writer-director of short films whose work represents her way of translating the creative energy of the unseen, imaginary world into something tangible in the real world. Regardless of the medium, Flora’s work inevitably blends the powers of art with all her cultural references, and it is this combination that allows her to connect deeply with others. More accurately, defines her art.
Born and raised on the island of Taiwan from an illustrious family of Northern China, Flora first wanted to become a Chinese novelist or a ballet dancer. However, her focus shifted when she went to New York for high school, then moved to Paris after studying Design at Parsons. In Paris, she freelanced for several Prêt-à-Porter houses headed by Zyga Pianko, before landing the assistant designer position at Emmanuelle Khanh.
Once back from Paris, Flora went to Los Angeles and designed for Harriet Selwyn, then took on buying duties for a high-end boutique in Century City. A year later, she returned to New York and launched her eponymous label. Unable to find any textile to her liking, she drew her first print on a notepad and sent it to South Korea to have it printed on silk crepe. It was a one-stoke Calla lily, and Saks featured the collection in its Fifth Avenue windows.
Flora’s bold and carefree textile prints on clean silhouettes quickly established her as a marketable Young Designer in the fashion industry throughout the 80s. Her Dresses, Separates and Luxe Loungewear collections were cherished in four continents. Her sino-franco-american culture immersion was evident in all her fashion creations. Her brand was considered to have a global appeal. Her designs have been photographed on royalty and showcased in prestigious stores worldwide.
In her early thirties, Flora pulled back and retreated to her Ketchum, Idaho ranch, then to Paris for motherhood and family. There, she was called back to pursue writing, which accumulated to making narrative short films. With her second short movie selected into Cannes Short Film Corner, Flora further let emotion and feeling guide her work. Today, Flora resides in New Hampshire and has a handful of passion projects. Regardless of how her creativity takes shape, let it be in design, in writing or in filmmaking, Flora hopes her her art may serve as the catalyst that enhances at least a brief moment of her audience with something truly original.