Friends of China Beauty Charity Fund

2018 China Fashion Gala
2018 China Fashion Gala
• Date: May 4 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
• Location: The Plaza Hotel, New York, NY 10019

Yue-Sai Kan China Beauty Charity Fund and China Institute have partnered to present “2018 China Fashion Gala”.

The event will be held on May 4th at The Plaza Hotel in New York City and feature cocktails, a full-length haute couture fashion show by Chinese fashion designer Grace Chen, and a seated dinner.

The mission of the China Fashion Gala is to return the spotlight to China’s inimitable influence in the realm of style and it is designed to showcase creativity inspired by China, to raise funds to support talented, emerging designers, and to recognize remarkable individuals who have positioned Chinese design and aesthetics at the forefront of global fashion. We are delighted to recognize UNIPX MEDIA as Lead Partner in the China Fashion Gala 2018.

The China Fashion Gala will benefit China Institute’s new Fashion Initiative and Fashion Design Competition Award, as well as the Yue-Sai Kan China Beauty Charity Fund Scholarship.

We hope you will join us and support China Fashion Gala 2018!

CBCF Scholarship announced five new recipients at FIT
On Oct.4, five students from the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) received the China Beauty Charity Fund Scholarship of $10,000 each through Yue-sai Kan, founder of China Beauty Charity Fund. The scholarship is designed to afford talented creatives from China the opportunity to study at FIT in NYC.

Scholarships were awarded to the following FIT students:
• Dafeng Liu, Fashion Design (Special Occasion)
• Jackline Raggi, Visual Presentation and Exhibition Design
• Wenhui Yue, Fashion Design
• Yiche Li, Fabric Styling
• Xiaoyu Zhang, Fashion Design

The China Beauty Charity Fund ("CBCF") was established in 2011 in honor of Yue-Sai Kan by the Shanghai Soong Ching Ling Foundation, one of the most important and trusted charitable foundations in China. CBCF’s mission is to improve the lives of women and children through sustainable economic growth; it aims to foster international understanding through cultural and academic exchanges by providing grants to empower Chinese women to achieve equality, autonomy and to fulfill their potential. 

 CBCF Scholarship announced five new recipients at FIT  CBCF Scholarship announced five new recipients at FIT  CBCF Scholarship announced five new recipients at FIT

CBCF Launched Executive Education in Sustainable Fashion New Initiative Successfully!
On June 5th, 2017, CBCF was excited to welcome the first group of executives from the Chinese fashion industry to attend our new initiative Executive Education in Sustainable Fashion, partnering with China Fashion Forum, the largest fashion forum in China boasting hundreds of members.

As world's largest textile manufacturing country, China is facing the biggest sustainable challenge. In 2015, over 30 million tons of used apparels were thrown away and only 10% could be recycled. Meanwhile, over one hundred new fashion and lifestyle brands were created in the past three years. The Executive Education in Sustainable Fashion program was created early 2016 under the leadership of Yue-Sai Kan. It aims to inspire and push the progress of sustainability growth in fashion and life-style industries in China.

As part of CBCF's inaugural sustainability initiative, from June 5 to 8, six executives from China participated the Sustainability in Fashion and Textiles class at the Fashion Institute of Technology, which was a four-day series of lectures, discussions, panels, and hands-on workshops focusing on sustainability and technology in fashion and textiles. The presenters are thought leaders in the field who provide current information, hands-on experiences, and fresh perspectives. Sessions have a broad-based focus on sustainability and the business of fashion from corporate, SME (small and medium-sized enterprises) and educational viewpoints, giving participants from all areas of the fashion and textile industry an opportunity to deepen their knowledge and expand their outlook.

Executive Education in Sustainable Fashion 2017 - Images

CBCF Co-presented China Fashion Gala 2017 with China Institute!
On May 7th, CBCF successfully hosted the China Fashion Gala 2017 (2nd China Fashion Night), in partnership with China Institute. Over 300 guests from around the world came to support this event and raised nearly $350,000. The Gala was widely reported by prominent media outlets such as New York Times, WWD, I-D magazine, World Journal, etc. Over 200 million media impressions were generated.

The China Fashion Gala is a platform to showcase creativity inspired by China: to raise funds to support talented emerging designers; and to recognize individuals whose outstanding contributions have helped position Chinese design and aesthetics at the forefront of fashion on a global scale.

Gala proceeds will be used to fund the China Beauty Charity Fund Scholarship at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) and benefit China Institute's new Fashion Initiative, and its other public events including conversations with leading designers and workshops.

China Fashion Gala 2017

China Fashion Gala 2017 - Images

CBCF Kicked Off Its Partnership With LANYU Co.
July 7th, 2016
CBCF is proud to launch a partnership with LANYU Co.. As a first step, we sponsored three Chinese fashion students to attend the Summer ESL and Fashion Business Program at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York.

LANYU Co. was founded in Beijing in 2005 by designer Lanyu. She is known for applying traditional Chinese embroidery techniques to her designs. For the past 3 years, Lanyu has been presenting her haute couture line in Paris to rave reviews. Her namesake label has been endorsed by many Chinese celebrities. A graduate from the Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology, Lanyu was also trained in New York and Paris. With the new scholarship program, she aims to help more Chinese fashion talents to gain global views about fashion design and business operation.

CBCF’s partnership with LANYU Co. is in line with our mission to foster more creative talents. Following the Summer ESL and Fashion Business Program Scholarship at FIT, we are going to introduce a graduate-level fellowship in 2017.

CBCF Kicked Off Its Partnership With LANYU Co. CBCF Celebrated Its Partnership With LANYU Co.

Art of ANNA-HU HAUTE JOAILLERIE 2016 - CBCF Hosted Preview Event For Anna Hu Jewelry
On April 10th 2016, CBCF was pleased to introduce Chinese haute jewelry designer of international recognition Anna Hu to our most premium guests in New York City. On display was Anna's East-Meets-West collection.

Three CBCF scholarship winners from FIT also received precious mentorship from CBCF President Yue-Sai Kan and Anna at the event. A portion of the proceeds from the afternoon was donated to the CBCF Scholarship Fund at FIT.

Art of Anna Hu Haute Joaillerie

First Ladies Luncheon 2015 - CBCF Collaborated with Fashion 4 Development - Video

First Ladies Luncheon 2015 - CBCF Collaborated with Fashion 4 Development - Images

Fashion Week Daily
Fashion 4 Development Hosts First Ladies Luncheon

By Kristen Heinzinger in New York (Fashion Week Daily), September 29, 2015

Each year during the UN General Assembly, Fashion 4 Development hosts its "First Ladies Luncheon," and this year was one for the books.

Guests at the Pierre Hotel in New York City yesterday included political influencers and diplomats from over 100 countries, who joined forces with leaders in the fashion industry to support the greater good of women and children, worldwide.

Attendees included F4D's founder Evie Evangelou, co-host Franca Sozzani (editor-in-chief of Vogue Italy and Goodwill Ambassador), Coumba Touré (President of Advanced Development for Africa) and OAFLA (Organization of African First Ladies), Burak Cakmak, Cindi Leive, Chris Collins, Debbie Levin, Diane Kruger, Fern Mallis, Guo Pei, Harold Koda, Livia Firth, Naomi Campbell, Queen Rania of Jordan, Victoria Beckham and Yue-Sai Kan, among others.

The day began in the Cotillion Room with a Guo Pei installation of Chinese haute couture design from the ever-popular Met exhibit "China: Through the Looking Glass" before the ceremony kicked off with a welcome note by Evangelou.

Honorees included Beckham, for her role as Goodwill Ambassador on behalf of UNAIDS, and her efforts in Africa and Asia to raise awareness of HIV and AIDS. "I am humbled that my contribution to raising awareness for HIV and AIDS related challenge, has been acknowledged in this way," Beckham said. "I believe if we empower women and educate the next generation we can truly believe in an AIDS free future."

Later on, Kruger and Gery Keszler presented the League of Gentlemen Award to The Global Fund's CEO Mark Dybul, and Campbell received recognition for her work fighting Ebola through Fashion for Relief.

Fashion 4 Development was started in 2011 by Evangelou as a media platform to support the UN Millennium Development Goals. It's since expanded to 20 countries.

CBCF Event 2015 - High Tea With Guo Pei
China Beauty Charity Fund was proud to host a high tea event for Chinese haute couture designer Guo Pei on September 27th, 2015.

The aim was to showcase and promote Chinese haute couture design and craftsmanship. The high tea format allowed our VIP guests to observe and appreciate the luxury materials and exquisite details of Guo Pei's designs up and close.

15% of the proceeds were donated to the CBCF's scholarship program at the Fashion Institute of Technology. Since 2014, the CBCF has awarded 6 talented Chinese students studying at the FIT.

New York Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney commended the high tea event with an official letter.

High Tea with Guo Pei High Tea with Guo Pei

Inaugural Gala - China Fashion Night 2013 - Video

Inaugural Gala - China Fashion Night 2013 - Images

China Daily USA
Philanthropic China Fashion Night debuts in New York

By Caroline Berg in New York (China Daily)

The night was a coming out party, a celebration of pioneering work, and a grand act of philanthropy. It was a melding of ancient and modern, and East meets West.

"When we think about couturier, I think about the wonderful [John] Galliano or Valentino," said Yue-Sai Kan, founder and chairwoman of China Beauty Charity Fund (CBCF). "But tonight I thought we might just change a little bit and show you our couturier."

Kan invited Chinese haute couture fashion designer Guo Pei to make her US debut during a night dedicated to Chinese art and culture.

Last Friday, CBCF celebrated its inaugural China Fashion Night Gala at the Pierre Hotel in New York to raise money for the organization's Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) scholarship.

The scholarship will offer talented artists from China the opportunity to study at the New York school. It is supported by Fashion 4 Development's (F4D) internship program, which will help place graduates with global brands and give them access to angel investments to start their own businesses.

F4D is a private sector global platform with the mission to harness the influence of the fashion and beauty industries to implement creative strategies for sustainable economic growth, preservation of culture, wellness and independence of communities worldwide.

Individual tickets for the gala ranged from $1,000 to $3,000 and $10,000 to $30,000 for a table. The evening included an auction of Chinese artist Cai Guoqiang's work.

"If you know anything about Yue-Sai and how accomplished she's been in her professional life, I'm really thrilled to see that she is using her powers for good," Chinese American actor Archie Kao quipped while acting as master of ceremonies.

Yue-Sai Kan is a Chinese American entrepreneur and a household name in China for her pioneering broadcast television work and for founding China's first cosmetic brand, Yue Sai.

"I'm just a guy and talking about evening gowns isn't really my thing, but you can't help but be inspired by the artistry [of Guo Pei's designs]," Kao said. "Some of her pieces have taken thousands upon thousands of hours to create."

Mistress of ceremonies, Miss Universe Olivia Culpo, said Guo appointed 450,300 embroiderers and 150 designers, pattern makers and sewing technicians to produce the gowns featured in the evening's runway show.

Guo's debut presentation featured work from her "Legend of the Dragon" collection, including a gown inspired by stained glass domes of European churches and a gown adorned with thousands of "gong hua" silk flowers made exclusively for the royal palace and rescued from the storage room of a deserted factory. The flowers were carefully restored with steam, a process that took nearly 50,000 hours.

"In China, Guo Pei is a legend, but you guys have probably never heard of her," Kan said after the exclusive runway show. Guo was commissioned to design the ceremony gowns worn during the 2008 Beijing Olympics. "Well, now you've heard of her."

The gala was held in conjunction with New York Fashion Week for Spring 2014 collections, which kicked off on Thursday, Sept 5, and will end Thursday, Sept 12. CBCF also honored Chinese fashion veteran Vivienne Tam Friday night with an award in celebration of her commitment to supporting emerging designers.

Tam was born in Guangzhou, China, and raised in Hong Kong. Tam was the first successful Chinese designer in the US and has been dedicated to providing opportunities to rising talent from China.

Chinese Fashion
Gala Event

Dearest Family and Friends,

Last year, I launched the China Beauty Charity Fund with the aim of bettering the lives of women and children through education, health and cultural programs. We raised 2.2 million US dollars in our first China-based event and used the funds to support Operation Smile, Safety for Mother and Child programs in remote, poor regions of China as well as the Shanghai International Film Festival for five female filmmakers to produce micro movies on women and charity issues.

I have always believed that beauty is power and we can use this power to accomplish millions of wonderful things for people in need. For the CBCF's first major fundraiser in the United States, I thought what better subject matter than FASHION? It creates millions of jobs in developing countries especially for women. It helps preserve ancient arts and crafts AND can often times assume the role of a cultural exchange ambassador.

Many of you may know that for the past two years, I have been serving as director of Miss Universe China. Both my top girls Zilin Luo from 2011 and Jidan Xu from 2012 were dressed by Chinese designer Guo Pei during the National Costume Segment of Miss Universe Final. Jidan went on to win top prize with Guo Pei's Chinese Blue Porcelain Dress. Guo Pei's designs always contain Chinese elements, from embroidery to traditional patterns. Her studio employs hundreds craftsmen. Many of her sculptural creations take thousands of hours to make. They are true works of art and true embodiment of the essence of Chinese culture mixed with modern Western haute couturing.

On September 6, the CBCF will hold its first annual gala at the Pierre Hotel. I would like to take the opportunity to introduce Guo Pei to American audiences with a solo fashion show. My dear friend Vivienne Tam has also agreed to lend her support as our honoree of the night. With these two internationally renowned designers who take tremendous pride in their Chinese origin beside me, I'm confident that we will have a successful gala. Proceeds of the night will go to a scholarship program at the Fashion Institute of Technology to benefit Chinese students. I'm also partnering with Fashion 4 Development, which works closely with the United Nations Secretary-General's Office as part of its "Every Woman, Every Child" initiative. F4D will take in the beneficiaries after they graduate and use its connections and infrastructure to make sure that these students intern with global brands, find investments to open workshops back in China, give them full support in preserving and utilizing traditional Chinese folk art techniques and spearhead sustainable economic growth in poor Chinese regions.

I hereby invite you to help me with a cause close to my heart. You are welcome to purchase a table or just an individual ticket. Please click here download the reply form or click here to purchase tickets to attend or make your tax-deductible donation online.

We hope to hear from you soon!

Yue-Sai Kan
Yue-Sai Kan

Miss Universe China Charity Gala for China Beauty Charity Fund
June 18, 2012

As part of the Shanghai International Film Festival and to showcase 2012 Miss Universe China Pageant contestants, the China Beauty Charity Fund will hold a charity gala at the Pearl Oriental Riverside Hotel and Convention Center on June 18, 2012. About 1,000 people, including celebrities and high level business executives will attend the event. The purpose of the event is to raise funds and awareness of charity in China. Charitable donations may be tax deductible, and the funds will be accounted for by the international firm of Ernst & Young.

This year the funds will go to the Shanghai Soong Ching Ling Foundation's Safety for Mothers and Infants Program, Operation Smile and female directors as part of the Shanghai International Film Festival. Of the total amount raised the funds will be divided as follows:

Shanghai International Film Festival Scholarships: A total of RMB 2,000,000 will be used to fund hard costs for the production of four different films from established and emerging female Chinese directors. Each will receive RMB 500,000 to help produce a short film or documentary that addresses important women's issues in today's society.

Operation Smile: A total of RMB 2,000,000 will go to fund 400 operations for children in China with cleft pallet who are unable to otherwise pay the costs for the surgery.

Shanghai Soong Ching Ling Foundation / Safety for Mothers and Infants Program: The remaining funds, which we hope will exceed RMB 4,000,000, will go to the Safety for Mothers and Infants Program, providing supplies and construction to improve facilities for maternal and children's healthcare facilities in the most impoverished areas in China.

During the Charity Gala there will be:
  • An introduction, speeches and videos for:
    • The Shanghai Soong Ching Ling Foundation
    • The China Beauty Charity Fund
    • Operation Smile
    • The Shanghai International Film Festival
  • Recognition of the 2012 Shanghai International Film Festival Female Directors Scholarship Awards and clips of their films
  • Talent performances (including dancing and singing) from 2012 Miss Universe China contestants
  • Auctions and raffles

Download Donation Form (pdf)

Dragon Week 2012 - Images

Dragon Week - January 23 to 27, 2012

An invitation-only event at NYC co-hosted by Yue-Sai kan and Affinity China features a Chinese New Year celebration of untold city tales and a percentage of proceeds generated will be donated to Friends of China Beauty

Hosted by Yue-Sai Kan and Affinity China, Dragon Week will take place in New York City from January 23 to 27, 2012 to celebrate the start of the Year of the Dragon by providing Chinese invited guests a unique opportunity to explore a side of New York City they have never seen before.

For the very first time, Yue Sai invites her closest friends and Dragon Week guests to her private house in New York City for an exclusive dinner party. During the dinner party, Xing Dong, one of China's pioneering artists, will showcase a number of on-site paintings for the distinguished dinner attendees, as artworks to be auctioned for Yue Sai's China Beauty Charity Fund.

Various prestigious luxury brands, such as Bergdorf Goodman and Coach, will join in the Dragon Week festivities. As partners of Affinity China, they will also contribute to Yue Sai's charity by donating a percentage of proceeds generated during Dragon Week.

One of New York's most iconic buildings - The Empire State Building will be lit up in red for Dragon Week guests as well as Yue-Sai's China Beauty Charity Fund, honoring her favorite color as well as the arrival of Chinese New Year. Some of the invited guests include officials from the Chinese Consulate in New York and Mayor Bloomberg, in addition to many other prominent Chinese and American business leaders.

The charity-focused cocktail party co-hosted by Yue-Sai and Affinity China, will take place at the 80th floor of the Empire State Building right after the private lighting ceremony. Celebrating the charity event, Yue-Sai will take this special opportunity to give thanks and beautiful wishes to all invited guests. In addition, a makeover desk staffed with professional stylists will be set up to provide guests an opportunity to celebrate the New Year with a new look. All invited guests will also have an opportunity to keep their happy moments in print with the Affinity photo booth.

The week-long celebration also features a private piano performance by one of China's most famous pianists - Lang Lang; an exclusive Bergdorf Goodman fashion show directed by Linda Fargo, one of the most powerful trend setters in NYC fashion industry; special treatments and behind-the-scene tours at global luxury brands' headquarters; private information sessions of elite private schools at the Harvard Club and luxury real estate viewing opportunities in New York City.

About Affinity China:
Affinity China is a private network, which provides access for its members to enjoy unique lifestyle and travel opportunities. It has partnerships with internationally recognized brands and media organizations to provide exclusive offers and opportunities for its member network.

If you'd like more information or to schedule media interviews, please call (213) 245-6774 or email Lin Xu at