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“My head is flying with a bunch of ideas— I’m inspired”, says Los Angeles Fashion Designer After Shen Yun Show

Posted by Author on July 11, 2010

Epoch  Times Staff, July 9, 2010 –

Merlin Castell was among the many inspired by Shen Yun Performing Arts at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. (The Epoch Times)

LOS ANGELES— Fashion designer Merlin Castell was among the many inspired by Shen Yun Performing Arts at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on Thursday evening, July 8. “Breathtaking, I love it. I’m so enchanted,” Mr. Castell said.

“Right now my head is flying with a bunch of ideas—I’m inspired. It’s beautiful, it’s amazing, and I’m so glad, finally, we have it here in L.A!”

The Honduras-born artist starred on Bravo’s The Fashion Show and has worked with various celebrity clients, including Paris Hilton. He said he absolutely loved Shen Yun, particularly as China’s ancient culture has always been one of the inspirations behind his work.

After its successful 2010 world tour, Shen Yun will be featuring the best of Shen Yun’s last four seasons during its summer West Coast tour, which takes in Los Angeles, San Diego, Sacramento, San Jose and San Francisco. The New York-based performers are reviving China’s 5,000-year-old culture through the universal languages of classical Chinese dance and music.

“I think I’m not going to be able to sleep now!” the designer exclaimed, full of excitement about themes for his next collection after seeing Shen Yun’s colorful depiction of the Mongolian steppes, ancient and modern China, and the Tibetan Himalayas.

Mr. Castell was extremely grateful to traditional China for “sharing this beautiful part of your heart with us, with designers.”

“The costumes, it’s dreamy, it’s angelical,” he added.

From radiant golden-hued Tang dynasty gowns to elegant Manchu court chopine shoes, each costume is carefully designed and tailored with meticulous care, says Shen Yun’s website.

Discussing the spiritual dimension of the performance, he commented, “You feel it deep. It’s like you’re in heaven.”

For Mr. Castell, the message behind Shen Yun is all about love and peace. He expressed his deep happiness and gratitude at being able to see such an amazing show.

The Latin fashion icon will be telling all designer friends and fans to come and see the show “because it’s the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen. This is the place you have to come to get inspired!”

The Epochtimes

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