The Legacy of Alfred Shaheen

By Amanda Stevens from www.nonstophonolulu.com (Photos by Lyle Amine)

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It was like going back in time, witnessing the epitome of East-meets-West fashion originating from Hawaii. The HI Fashion – Legacy of Alfred Shaheen event on Saturday at Bishop Museum highlighted the work of this innovative, ground-breaking aloha wear designer.

Alfred Shaheen, pioneer of the textile and fashion industry in Hawai‘i, 1955. Photo courtesy of Camille Shaheen

Alfred Shaheen, pioneer of the textile and fashion industry in Hawai‘i, 1955. Photo courtesy of Camille Shaheen

The fashion show paid tribute to Shaheen, the pioneer of aloha wear. A special collection from Reyn Spooner introducing reinterpretations of the original textile designs developed in the 1950s and 1960s opened the show. The second line of the show featured some of Shaheen’s timeless aloha shirts with high-quality fabrics and distinct textile prints. The third line featured some of Shaheen’s exquisite dresses highlighting the classic feminine silhouette. The finale showcased Hawaii’s own Andy South, who unveiled a capsule collection inspired by Shaheen.

“I was truly inspired by the story of Shaheen, his culturally authentic aesthetic and his dedication to doing everything in Hawaii,” South said. “In putting together this collection, I tried to think like one of his designers — channeling his aesthetic sensibilities into the world of today.”

The regal Beverly Noa, Shaheen’s signature model was at the event and performed a beautiful hula before the fashion show.

Beverly Noa - Alfred Shaheen's former muse and model

Beverly Noa – Alfred Shaheen’s former muse and model

The exhibit runs through Feb. 4, 2013. For more information, call 808-847-3511 or visit bishopmuseum.org

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