Thammavong was born in a small farming and fishing village around Savannakhet, Laos. He
migrated to the United States in his late teen years in the 80’s and resettled in Wisconsin.
Kevin loves drawing
and started to draw when he was just a boy. He loved drawing dresses from the
early American period that he saw in American western movies, and dreamed of making
beautiful dresses for movie stars. Kevin never gave up his lifelong dream of
becoming a designer. After graduating from high school, he moved to New York to further his education in fashion design at
FIT(Fashion Institute of Technology). Kevin did extremely well there, and was a
Presidential Scholar two years in a row. He graduated with honors in 1999
and went to work for a local fashion designer, and eventually was able to work
on his own.
August 1, 2001
was the grand opening of his own boutique at the corner of East 26 Street and 3rd Avenue in Manhattan. In 2003, he relocated
his studio to Chicago, Illinois,
where he currently resides in the newly fashionable South
Loop neighborhood. Kevin also sold his dresses and outfits which
he designs under the label “Kevin Vong” to other retail establishments, but
Kevin felt he still had not brought out his full creativity and talent. He was
still not completely happy because he has not yet realized his dream to design
dresses for movie stars, especially evening gowns for women to wear to special
occasions. But that has come true in part and will eventually materialize in
full in less than 10 days.
designing style caught the eyes of a star in the daytime soap opera “As the
World Turns.” The actress was shopping
at a boutique store that carries Kevin Vong dresses. Kevin told VOA he was so
excited and thrilled to see one of his dresses worn by the actress in one of
the episodes. And later a New York news reporter wore a Kevin Vong dress to a White House reception.
The highlight of Kevin’s dream: he told VOA
that he has been approached by Linda Yu, a local reporter for ABC 7-Chicago, to
design three gowns for her to wear to President-elect Barack Obama’s inauguration
on Jan 20, 2009.
“I am very proud
and honored to represent the Laotian-American designer community although I am representing
only a small minority group. And I want Lao people to know that …yes, we can
become somebody special if we keep going at it and never give up. I want
everyone to think that we all can make it, if we are determined and really want
to make it, want to become that someone. Me, I will continue to work hard and
will not give up," said Kevin.
Listen to our interview with Kevin for more details.
For additional info please contact Kevin@kevinvong.com or www.kevinvong.com