Han Feng is one of the most sought-after designers in the world, not only for her clothing and accessories but also increasingly for her costume and exhibition designs. Well revered for her work in the award winning theatrical opera production of Madama Butterfly, directed by Anthony Minghella the opera premiered in 2005 at the ENO in London and The Met in NYC, 2006.
After the success of Madama Butterfly, Han Feng’s costumes were selected by Amy Tan and director Chen Shi-Zheng for The Bonesetter’s Daughter, which premiered at the San Francisco Opera in 2008, and Handel’s Semele, which premiered at the Brussels La Monnaie Opera House in September 2009. She is currently preparing for the Italian opera Misfortune to be directed by Chen Shi-Zheng with music composed by Judith Weir and opening in 2012 at Covent Garden, London. Han Feng’s talent for stage costumes is being expanded to the screen with her most recent endeavor as the costume consultant for Kung Fu Kid, directed by Harald Zwart and starring Jackie Chan and Jaden Smith.
Born in Nanjing, China, Han Feng graduated from the China Academy of Fine Arts in Hangzhou in the early 1980s. She moved to New York City in 1985, where she quickly began a career in fashion. With a growing commercial demand for her trademark scarves and other accessories, Han Feng launched her first ready-to-wear line in 1993 at Bryant Park fashion show in New York. After much success and earning several awards as an American designer in the US, Han Feng returned to her native China relocating her showroom to Shanghai. She currently travels regularly between her homes in China and the US.
Han Feng is one of the few designers capable of bridging contemporary Chinese style and culture with a global perspective. Designing clothes that accommodate one’s natural movement she has expanded her design portfolio to include projects in the realm of contemporary installations, culinary arts and interior design. Her works have been featured in several exhibitions in the US and Europe. Her most recent silk fabric bird lighting installations were exhibited at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.