Backstage Pass with Lia Chang

May 18: Asia Flores Debuts Royal72Co Fashion Line at Pa’ina Lounge

Asia Flores with her application portfolio at FIDM in San Francisco, CA. Photo by Marissa Chang-Flores

Asia Flores with her application portfolio at FIDM in San Francisco, CA. Photo by Marissa Chang-Flores

Asia Flores, age 2, with her Auntie Tami Chang, grandmother Beverly Umehara, Auntie Lia Chang and her mother Marissa Chang-Flores[

Asia Flores, age 2, with her Auntie Tami Chang, grandmother Beverly Umehara, Auntie Lia Chang and her mother Marissa Chang-Flores

Marissa Chang-Flores, Asia Flores and Carlos Flores. Photo by CF Productions

Marissa Chang-Flores, Asia Flores and Carlos Flores. Photo by CF Productions

This month, my niece Asia Flores, age 18, is celebrating two milestones, on Sunday, May 18th, she will present her Royal Fashion Collection 2014 at Pa’ina Lounge, 1865 Post Street in San Francisco, CA, and on Saturday, May 31st, she will graduate from Mercy High School. In July, she’s bound for FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising in Los Angeles, to start her formal training in fashion.

Asia’s interest in fashion design began when she was 16 years old. After a rigorous application process which required a design portfolio of sketches, the aspiring fashion designer received her acceptance letter to FIDM. The entrepreneurial teen discussed producing her own fashion show with an admissions counselor, and was encouraged to write an essay about the process of producing the fashion show. She made such an impression on the school that she was awarded a $1000 Merit Scholarship to be applied towards her tuition.

“I am excited about going to FIDM in Los Angeles,” said Flores. I want to try something new and follow my dreams of opening my own boutique.”

Asia’s runway show is a fundraiser for her new fashion design company, Royal72Co. She drew inspiration for her first collection from her grandmother, the late Beverly Umehara, a secretary and prominent union labor activist.
Celebrating my mom – AN ACTIVE VISION: BEVERLY UMEHARA…LABOR ACTIVIST…1945-1999

Asia Flores in her own Royal72Co design. Photo by CFProductions

Asia Flores in her own Royal72Co design. Photo by CFProductions

Asia has had an affinity for the fine arts, dance and has excelled as an athlete from a very early age. She and her mother, Marissa Chang-Flores, are members of a Halau called Manuia Polynesian Revue, and they have been performing Tahitian, Hawaiian, and Samoan dance since she was 2 years old.

“I have many role models, but my number one role model is my mother because she is a super mom,” said Flores.

Since the age of 6, Asia has proven herself a force to be reckoned with on the soccer field, receiving numerous awards including a 2012 West Bay Athletic League Skyline Division Second Division Award, a 2013 Mercy High School Coaches Award, a 2013-2014 Mercy High School Varsity Coaches Award and a 2013-2014 West Bay Athletic League Skyline Division Award (Honorable Mention).

Asia Flores on the soccer field. Photo by Marissa Chang-Flores

Asia Flores on the soccer field. Photo by Marissa Chang-Flores

She began drawing flowers at age 7. Her artwork in oil pastels, tempera, watercolor, collage, pencil and paints, and graphite, have been featured in 3 Mercy High School Annual Art & Soul Art Exhibitions.

“I compose various pieces including sketching, drawing, watercolor, acrylics and sculptures,” said Flores. I love to paint abstract paintings. I love to draw anything that comes to mind. I have so many ideas in my head that I bring to life. I love to sketch outfits for fashion. I like to draw things that make women strong.”

Artist Asia Flores, age 15. Photo by Marissa Chang-Flores

Artist Asia Flores, age 15. Photo by Marissa Chang-Flores

Come out to support Asia Flores and the debut of her Royal72Co 2014 collection at Pa’ina Lounge, 1865 Post Street in San Francisco, CA.

Doors open at 3:00 p.m. and the program, which begins at 4 p.m., will feature the fashion show, food, a raffle and performances by Cinny, Sabby and Nanuka. Admission: adults- $15; 19 & under – $10.

Special thanks to the following sponsors for their generous raffle donations – Zen Massage, Cinnamon Girl, Mission Minis, and Vickys Cake Designs.
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Other articles on Asia Flores:
Artwork by Asia Flores on display in Mercy High School Annual Art & Soul Art Exhibition in SF
Photos: Happy Birthday to My Niece Asia
Backstage at The Lion King with Thom Sesma
Bellagio Christmas Holiday Botanical Display in Las Vegas, photos by Asia Flores

Asia Flores is flanked by her mother Marissa Chang-Flores and Aunties Karina Umehara, Tami Chang and Lia Chang.

Asia Flores is flanked by her mother Marissa Chang-Flores and Aunties Karina Umehara, Tami Chang and Lia Chang.

Lia Chang and her niece Asia Flores.

Lia Chang and her niece Asia Flores.

Other articles by Lia Chang:
Celebrating my mom – AN ACTIVE VISION: BEVERLY UMEHARA…LABOR ACTIVIST…1945-1999
Crafting a Career
CICADA and THE ROAD TO FAME Takes Top Honors at the 30th Anniversary Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival
Asian American Federation Celebrates Cao K. O with Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez, Former City Comptroller John Liu, Assemblyman Ron Kim and More
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Jun. 23: The Black Stars of The Great White Way Broadway Reunion: Live The Dream at Carnegie Hall Features Chapman Roberts, Norm Lewis, André De Shields, Chuck Cooper, Brandon Victor Dixon and More
May 19: The Orphan of Zhao’s BD Wong and A.C.T. Artistic Director Carey Perloff in Conversation at A.C.T.’s Geary Theater
Jun. 4-29: Tony Award–winner BD Wong Leads Cast of A.C.T.’s U.S. Premiere of Orphan of Zhao, a co-production with La Jolla Playhouse
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Lucille Lortel Awards for Here Lies Love, Fun Home, The Open House, Good Person of Szechwan A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder Leads 2014 Tony Award Nominations; Bryan Cranston, LaTanya Richardson, Neil Patrick Harris, Mark Rylance, Audra McDonald, Leigh Silverman among nominees
Signature Theatre to Be Honored with the 2014 Regional Theatre Tony Award
Photos: Late Night with Holy Land’s Jojo Gonzalez
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Photos: Backstage and Opening Night of Signature’s World Premiere of David Henry Hwang’s Kung Fu
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Click here for the Lia Chang Articles Archive and here for the Lia Chang Photography Website.

Lia Chang is an actor, a performance and fine art botanical photographer, and an award-winning multi-platform journalist. Lia recently starred as Carole Barbara in Lorey Hayes’ Power Play at the 2013 National Black Theatre Festival in Winston-Salem, N.C., with Pauletta Pearson Washington, Roscoe Orman, Lorey Hayes, Marcus Naylor and Phynjuar, and made her jazz vocalist debut in Rome Neal’s Banana Puddin’ Jazz “LADY” at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe in New York.  She is profiled in Jade Magazine.

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