Resume/CV

BERNARD TRISTAN FOONG

Curriculum Vitae

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111 Poailani Place, Wailea,
Hawaii 96753.

Oban, Wheatleys Eyot,

Sunbury-on-Thames,
Middlesex, TW16 6DA

Email: bernard@bernardfoong.com

young@aharemboysaga.com

Website: www.BernardFoong.com (fashion)

www.aharemboysaga.com (books)

2010 – Present:

Fashion:

BERNARD FOONG – Lux Couture – proprietor/owner/designer (Couture/Made-to-Order Wedding and Special Occasion wear).

Wholesale and retail at www.BErnardFOONG.com

Sampling, production workshop and factories – Guangzhou, China.

Private Labels – Design RTW collections for wholesale companies and boutiques in Europe, Japan and South America under their own in-house labels.

Opened BERNARD FOONG Boutique in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Held numerous fashion shows/presentations in Honolulu, Hawaii promoting the BERNARD FOONG – Lux Couture collections.

Showed RTW wholesale collections at MAGIC Show, Las Vegas, Hong Kong Fashion

Week and Hawaii Fashion Month.

Foong’s bridal and bridal lingerie collection have been featured in numerous international bridal magazines and publications.

Art:

Artist/Painter of Celestial Mythology themes. Sold to private collectors worldwide.

Author/Writer:

Bernard (pen-name Young) is currently writing A Harem Boy’s Saga – book IV – TURPITUDE; a memoir by Young of his seven books autobiographical series.

A Harem Boy’s Saga – book I – INITIATION; a memoir by Young (published by Solstice Publishing).

INITIATION won the 2015 Readers’ Favorite Award finalist and Readers’ Favorite 5 Stars Award prizes in the Non-Fiction Autobiography category,

The Independent Publisher Book Awards – Bronze award in the GLBT Autobiography category,

And the 2013 Pinnacle Book Achievement Award in the Autobiography category when the book was in its manuscript stage.

A Harem Boy’s Saga – book II – UNBRIDLED; a memoir by Young (published in 2014 by Solstice Publishing).

UNBRIDLED was awarded the 2014 Predictors & Editors Readers Poll – Top 10 Finisher in the Best Other Novel category.

A Harem Boy’s Saga – book III – DEBAUCHERY; a memoir by Young (published in 2014 by Solstice Publishing).

A Harem Boy’s Saga; a memoir by Young series – INITIATION, UNBRIDLED and DEBAUCHERY is within the United States, United Kingdom & Australia and Canada amazon top #100 bestseller ranking in the GLBT memoir/autobiography category since publication – 13 months running and still going strong.

Foong is also the recipient of a 2015 Author Award from Author Street Team.

No Distance Between Us; a memoir by Young (A Yuletide Coming-of-Age short story). Published in Fall 2014 by Solstice Publishing.

Tease to PleaseAn Anthology by Extraordinary Author Excerpts Featuring NYT, USA Today & Amazon Bestselling Authors. Bernard Foong is one of the featured authors.

Put Your Ho Ho’s OnA Christmas Anthology by 21 NYT, USA Today and International Award-Winning Bestselling Authors. Bernard Foong is one of the featured authors.

Blossoms of The Spirit by Bernard Foong and Dan Ragon– an inspiration book of twelve short fairytale stories.

Hong Kong SAR, China 2000 – 2010

Work experience:

Modern Classic Ltd. – Consulting Fashion Design Director (mid-price bridal & evening wear).

Bernard Foong @ Modern Classic Ltd. – Head Designer and Fashion Show coordinator (high end bridal & evening wear).

Modern Classic Ltd., an established bridal and evening wear co since 1975 – providing bridal and evening wear sales/rental/wedding photography and all wedding related services to their clients through their own stores/studios in Hong Kong and Sydney, Australia.

The Bernard Foong @ Modern Classic Ltd. label is a high end bridal & evening wear fashion product (which includes bridal accessories) retailing through the Modern Classic wedding outlets and exports to bridal boutiques in mainland China, Middle East, S.E. Asia and Australia.

Cerie International Ltd. – Head Designer and Fashion Show coordinator (mid-price to high end lingerie manufacturer).

Cerie International Ltd. manufactures for international labels.

Examples;

  • La Senza (Canada)

  • La Senza (United Kingdom)

  • Next (U.K.)

  • Ann Summers (U.K.)

  • Peach John (Japan)

I travel extensively to work with Cerie’s international cliental and to Cerie’s China and Vietnam factories.

Maui, Hawaii 1997 – 2006

Work experience:

Bernard Foong Co. Ltd. – Designer, proprietor and administrator.

Continued to produce couture and ready to wear designs under the “BERNARD FOONG” label. Providing designs for distribution by established fashion organizations under their own label.

Fire Dragon – Bernard Foong” label.

Monthly mini collections of smart casual wear silk line for both men and women’s wear. Produced by KEYS INTERNATIONAL LTD. (Hong Kong/China). Sold at major American stores and specialty boutiques.

Fire Dragon” Chinese Bistro and Boutique Shop opened on Maui. A modern lifestyle restaurant/shop reflecting the “Fire Dragon” Asian image.

A Chinese Wedding” – fashion presentation at the Fairmont Kea Lani Resort/Hotel, Wailea, Maui. Featuring “BERNARD FOONG” couture bridal ensembles and “FIRE DRAGON – Bernard Foong” smart casual wear garments.

Remembrance” – fashion presentation at the Sheraton Hotel/Resort, Ka’anapalli, Maui. Fund raiser for Breast Cancer research institute.

Lola” – Bernard Foong couture fashion presentation at the Fairmont Kea Lani Resort/Hotel, Wailea, Maui.

My Beautiful Courtesans” – Bernard Foong couture fashion presentation at the Hui No’ Eau (Art Institute), Makawao, Maui.

Stage Costume Designs:

The Singapore production of “Macbeth”.

The Singapore production of “Aladdin & the Magic Lamp”.

The Hong Kong Opera Co. production of “The Magic Flute” (Mozart’s opera).

The Hong Kong Opera Co. production of “The King and I”.

The Hong Kong Opera Co. production of “The Merry Widow”.

The University of Hawaii, Fitzgerald Kennedy Theatre production of “The Mikado”.

The University of Hawaii, Fitzgerald Kennedy Theatre production of “Emma”.

The Maui Civic Light Opera Co. and The Maui Academy of Performing Arts production of “The Phantom” by Maury Yeston.

Costumes for the musicians of the Hong Kong Symphony.

Honolulu, Hawaii 1996 – 1997

Work experience:

University of Hawaii (Manoa) – Part time lecturer in fashion design, fashion illustration and history of costume.

Education:

Obtained a scholarship to complete my postgraduate degree in stage theatre costume design at the University of Hawaii (Manoa). Master Degree in Theatre Costume Design.

Singapore 1994 – 1996

Work experience:

Singapore Temasek Polytechnic – Full time Apparel Designer Lecturer.

Taught apparel related subjects:

Apparel Design,

History of Costume,

Figure Drawing

Fashion illustration.

Worked in course work planning, syllabus revision, organizing fashion exhibitions, displays and shows. Assisted the Apparel Design Department course manager in setting up the Apparel Design courses.

Bernard Foong Co. Ltd. – Designer, proprietor and administrator.

Continued to produce couture and ready to wear designs under the “BERNARD FOONG” label. Providing designs for distribution by established fashion organizations under their own label.

Designed bridal collections under the “BERNARD FOONG BRIDES” label for Modern Classic LTD. salons in Hong Kong.

Designed elaborate doormen and their Japanese restaurant uniforms for the ‘LEGEND’ hotel in Kuala Lumpur.

Designed uniforms for the Jurong Township Corporation (Singapore).

Gimmill Industries Ptd. Ltd. (Singapore)

Worked as their men’s wear designer. Design two smart casual knit wear collections annually for the Australian and the United Kingdom fashion market.

Malaysia 1992 – 1994

Work Experience:

Parkson Grand Corporation (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) – Fashion development manager and lingerie design consultant.

Developed a complete line of ladies casual wear under the “NATURAL LIFE by Bernard Foong” label. Restructured the overall design direction of the Parkson Grand lingerie department. Acting on an advisory capacity in the stores fashion visual marketing, advertising and visual merchandising concepts.

Bernard Foong Co. Ltd. – Designer, proprietor and administrator.

Continued to produce couture and ready to wear designs under the “BERNARD FOONG” label. Providing designs for distribution by established fashion organizations under their own label.

VALENTINE” designer label for Modern Fair Lady Bridal Salon (Kuala Lumpur).

Exhibitions

A CELEBRATION OF LOVE” Bernard Foong fifteenth fashion anniversary exhibition. Held at LOT 10 Shopping Mall, Kuala Lumpur.

America 1990 – 1992

Work Experience:

University of Wisconsin (Madison, Wisconsin) – Associate lecturer, consultant, and administrator.

Worked in the apparel design department three days a week lecturer in apparel design, fashion illustration, fashion show presentation, fashion marketing. Developed a new course structure for the Apparel Design Department. Organized extracurricular fashion activities for the fashion students.

Minneapolis College of Art and Design (Minneapolis, Minnesota) – Part time lecturer in the Continuing Studies Department.

Taught fashion illustration, two days a week to beginners and intermediate level fashion students.

Bernard Foong Co. Ltd. – Designer, proprietor and administrator.

Relocated “BERNARD FOONG CO. LTD.” to United States of America. Continued creating couture bridal garments, evening dresses, ready to wear bridal collections, sportswear, and casual wear for distribution to established local and international department stores and specialty boutiques.

Provided fashion designs, consultations and fashion installation services for visual merchandising and marketing concepts to leading department stores.

Retail Store Clients:

Dayton – Hudson (Chicago, Minneapolis and Detroit),

Marshall Field’s (Chicago, Minneapolis and Detroit),

Gantrade Corporation (Bombay – India and Minneapolis).

Fashion Shows, Exhibitions and Appearances

Participated in fashion shows, personal appearances, promotions and exhibitions from 1990 – 1992 at various department stores in North America. Designed fashions for promotional events for various local organizations and for “BERNARD FOONG” label. Produced, coordinated and acted as consultants to fashion exhibitions in Minneapolis, Hong Kong and China.

Spring Bridal Fashion Presentation Show:

Dayton – Hudson and Marshall Field’s department stores.

Apparel Design students fashion presentation, University of Wisconsin:

Worked in the capacity of fashion coordinator, advisor, show director and administrator.

Joint professor/lecturer art exhibition:

Held at the University of Wisconsin, School of Family Resources Design Gallery.

WCCO AM Radio talk show:

Spoke on bridal wear fashions for Spring 1991.

Fashion Art Illustration exhibition:

Held at The Mall, Pacific Place, Hong Kong.

Hong Kong 1980 – 1990

Work Experience:

Key’s Far East Co. Ltd. from 1980 –1987Chief fashion designer and fashion consultant.

Developed fine silk lingerie fashion garments for international sales. Involved in mass production, administrative decisions and fashion marketing concepts. Exported silk lingerie fashions worldwide, including markets in the United States of America and Canada under the label “KEYS by BERNARD FOONG”.

Bernard Foong Co. Ltd. from 1980 – 1990 – Designer, proprietor and administrator.

Relocated “Bernard Foong Co. Ltd.” to Hong Kong and continued to create couture wedding outfits, evening dresses, ready to wear collections, sportswear, and casual wear for distribution to established local and international stores and boutiques. Opened a “BERNARD FOONG” boutique in the Central District of Hong Kong.

Provided fashion designs, fashion consultations, fashion installation services for visual merchandising and marketing concepts to leading Hong Kong department stores and specialty boutiques.

Personally designed and produced couture garments for an exclusive array of private clients.

Retail Clients: Private Clients:

Modern Classics Co. Ltd., Hong Kong Michael Jackson (American singer)

(Wedding outfitters) Designed couture garments for this client.

Jeanette Potiche Ltd., Beijing, China

Hong Kong Fur Factory Ltd. Designed and made outfits for many well-known Hong Kong actors/actresses and corporate business executives.

Hong Kong Trade Development Council

Various Hong Kong Specialty boutiques.

Lecturing Experiences:

Worked as a full time, part time, invited and short course lecturer and or administrator. Taught a variety of fashion subjects – Fashion design, Fashion illustration, Fashion history, Pattern construction and Style development.

Lectured as a private tutor at seminars and at various local Hong Kong fashion and business institutions:

Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Hong Kong Arts Center

Brook’s talent Modeling School

University of East Anglia (Macau, China)

Hong Kong Chamber of Commerce

Hong Kong Fashion Designers Association

Lee Wai Lee Technical College

Sha Tin Technical Institute

Pop Art Modeling School

Private tutorials.

Fashion Shows and Exhibitions:

Participated in numerous fashion shows, promotions and exhibitions from 1980 to 1990. Designed fashions for promotional events fro various organizations and for the “BERNARD FOONG” label. Designed and produced exhibitions for many historical events and private functions. Acted as show coordinator fashion consultant for a variety of organizations in Hong Kong.

Hong Kong Arts Center:

Group fashion exhibition and a one-man exhibition of “BERNARD FOONG” fashion collections.

Hong Kong Trade Development Council:

Promotional bridal wear shows in Taipei, (Taiwan), Hong Kong, Harrods department store (London, England), Harvey Nichols (London, England), and the Paris fashion Festival (Paris, France).

Su Zhou, China Embroidery Factory:

Promotional showcase of evening and wedding outfits for this company.

Hong Kong Fashion Designers Association:

Featured fur, evening and wedding outfits under the “BERNARD FOONG” label.

Miss Hong Kong Beauty Pageant (Miss Universe and Miss World):

Featured “BERNARD FOONG” evening dresses worn by the beauty contestants.

Hong Kong Supermodel Pageant:

Featured evening and lingerie garments worn by the pageant’s contestants.

Present Joint American Lingerie Fashion Fair:

Showcased “LA MOUETTE by BERNARD FOONG” label (New York, U.S.A.).

HEARTS OF HEARTS” – BERNARD FOONG, 12th. Fashion Anniversary fashion extravaganza:

Organizer, event coordinator and designer for this promotional/celebration event.

Joint Fashion Promotional Shows:

For “MODERN CLASSICS LTD., BERNARD FOONG” label.

HONG KONG POLYTECHNIC UNIVERSITY Fashion Graduates Shows:

Show coordinator, advisor and administrator.

HONG KONG FUR FEDERATION Gala Fashion Event:

Fur fashions coordinator/designer.

Publications:

Basic Nine Head Fashion Figure Drawing Technique”

Educational text used by students at the Hong Kong Polytechnic/University – Textiles and Clothing Department.

Fashion Articles

Feature fashion writer for “HER WORLD” magazine – Malaysian edition.

Feature fashion writer for “FEMINA” magazine – Hong Kong.

Feature fashion writer for “MING PAO” Chinese newspaper – Hong Kong.

Monthly fashion writer for “EVE” magazine – Hong Kong.

Feature fashion writer for “STYLE” magazine – Hong Kong.

Titles:

Hong Kong Fashion Designers Association:

Committee member and administrator.

Hong Kong Designers Association:

Executive committee member.

United Kingdom 1972 – 1980

Education:

Belfast College of Art and design, (Belfast, Northern Ireland)

Diploma in Art Foundation Studies – 1971

Harrow College of Art and Design, (London, England)

Diploma in Fashion Design – 1972 to 1975

Royal College of Art and Design, (London, England)

Master Degree in Design – 1975 to 1977

Work Experience:

Liberty Department Store – Fashion Development Manager, bridals wear stylist, and In-House designer for bridal wear and lingerie.

Responsible for the creation and production of wedding ensembles and bridal lingerie that were distributed and sold at all the Liberty’s Department stores throughout England.

Provided conceptual guidance for marketing and visual merchandising strategies.

Bernard Foong Co. Ltd. – Designer, proprietor and administrator.

Set up and managed a design/production workshop that created couture bridal wear, evening dresses, ready-to-wear wedding collections, sportswear, and casual wear for distribution to established department stores and boutiques under a variety of labels, including the “Bernard Foong” label. Provided consultation and installation services for visual merchandising and marketing concepts to leading department stores.

Personally designed and produced couture garments for an exclusive array of private cliental.

Retail Clients: Private Clients:

Harrods Cher

Selfridges (American singer/actress)

Dickens & Jones Designed evening dresses.

Rich Bitch

Browns Boutiques Shirley Bassey (British singer)

Brazilia Ltd. Designed evening and stage outfits.

(Switzerland)

Frank Asher Ltd. Lulu (British singer/actress)

Peter Barron Ltd. Designed evening dresses.

Radley Ltd.

Birds Ltd. (Hong Kong)

The House of Frazer’s Department Stores.

Liverpool Polytechnic, Liverpool, England – Guest lecturer in Fashion Design and Fashion Illustrations.

. Fashion Presentations – Participated in the following fashion events as the feature designer, coordinator or both:

Harrow College of Art & Design:

Graduation fashion show featuring casual and evening wear – London, England.

Royal College of Art (sponsored by Liberty Department Store):

Graduation fashion show featuring bridal and evening wear – London, England.

Guild Hall Fashion Extravaganza:

Featuring six wedding outfits – London, England

Publications:

Magazine cover – first couture wedding garment from Liberty Department Store appeared on the cover of “BRIDES” magazine, British edition.

Magazine cover – second couture wedding garment from Liberty Department Store appeared on the cover of “WEDDING DAY” magazine, British edition.

Bridal Articles & Features – appeared in several “BRIDES” and “WEDDING DAY” magazine articles and features, British editions from 1977 to 1980.

Achievements:

First Price winner –“SAGA MINK” jacket category award, 1977.

Second Price winner – “BRIDES” magazine, bridal wear design and construction award, 1976.

Personal Appearances, Lectures and Seminars:

Appeared in television talk shows, documentaries, lectures and seminars on the subject of fashion design, weddings and the lingerie business.