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31 Jul. 2013

Haute Couture Designer Colleen Quen talks Fashion On The Square

Video interview with Colleen Quen


FOTS logoFashion On The Square is the largest and longest running fashion show on the West Coast, and the most sought after show in San Francisco.  This year, Colleen Quen, San Francisco’s beloved couture designer, will be showing a retrospect collection that covers her 15 years in the fashion industry.

Colleen Quen 3About Colleen Quen

Inspired by nature’s motifs, couturière Colleen Quen’s designs are made of enchanting dreams. From a delicate flower blossoming to a butterfly’s quiet flutter, Quen’s devoted wonder and reverence for the natural world are brilliantly channeled into her art. Quen’s extraordinary art is grounded with an eternal spirit of hope and joy. Her masterful intuition combines each hand stitch with an edgy touch. Transforming amorphous energy into her precious fabrics, she then manifests her soul’s divine truth into pioneering shapes. From the celebrated Compassion dress to the structurally feminine Birds of Paradise gown, her innovative forms and thoughts meld harmoniously in a fine balance of rhythmic perfection.  Recognized by industry luminaries across the globe, celebrities have been adorned with Quen’s divine masterpieces and her work has appeared in Flair, WWD, International Herald Tribune, and “America’s Next Top Model.” Her legendary artistry has also led to a decade of costume commissions by the internationally famed Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet Company.   A native of San Francisco, Quen was chosen by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art to participate in its 75th Anniversary Muse Campaign. Her creative spirit was paired with Henri Colleen Quen Fashion 2Matisse’s “Femme au Chapeau,” an iconic artwork from the SFMOMA collection. Evoking the Silicon Valley experience, the National Endowment for the Arts granted Quen a rare opportunity to participate in “Surface and Shape: TechStyle and SoftWear, ” a 2010 installation for the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles.

The 9th Annual Fashion On The Square is  August 18, 2013,  InterContinental Hotel, 888 Howard Street, San Francisco, CA.  For tickets and more information visit

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