From Refugee to the Runway: A Conversation with Fashion & Costume Designer Bao Tranchi

May 24, 2023

Acclaimed designer and Next in Fashion season 2 finalist Bao Tranchi speaks with WEAI about her experience as a Vietnam War refugee, the American dream, and why it's not enough to settle for "good enough."

Tranchi visited WEAI as a panelist for a screening and discussion of Columbia SoA alum Peter Farrelly's 2022 film, The Greatest Beer Run Ever, which she served during the production as lead costume designer. In this interview, Tranchi explains her commitment to authenticity, the attention to detail she brings to her work, and what that means for Asian representation in Hollywood and American conceptions of Vietnam and the Vietnam War.

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