Photos by Marcus Ingram (@junglebrother)
Lisa (@park_hyun_gi) , 21
Location: Richmond, VA
The Lost Culture met with Lisa Park/Park Hyun Gi – artist, designer, and writer. Lisa is a performer who, as a Korean American, explores where the contemporary world and metaphysical healing intersect in relation to identifying as a person of color and a woman. She writes thought-provoking poetry and designs unique pieces of clothing. Lisa obtained her BFA in Sculpture + Extended Media at Virginia Commonwealth University.
Q: How did you get into fashion?
A: I wanted to express myself creatively in every aspect.
Q: How would you describe your personal style?
A: 20% 90’s raver, 20% motocross driver, 20% little French boy, 20% 70’s disco dame, and 20% quirky Uncle Jerry.
Q: What’s the difference between fashion and style?
A: I think there is a difference. I think fashion is a very generic term. It’s like how diet is describing what you eat; fashion is describing what people wear. Style is more specific. What kind of diet are you having or what is your style? It’s catered to that individual. Fashion is generic. Style is personal.
Q: You’re pretty multi-talented also. Tell us about your brand.
A: My brand is called Hyun Gi. It’s at Na Nin. I’ve been making clothes recently. Right now, they’re more basics. I eventually want to move on to a little bit more experimental. In general, I’ve been really interested in exploring the idea of physical and emotional closures, even personifying physical closures from a zipper as this quick, detached release, or a slit as a fluid, open embrace, or a button has this intimate care that you take time in to opening and closing it.
Q: How has your personal style evolved over the years?
A: It’s more refined to my personal expression and taste; probably less and less mainstream.
Q: Where do you find your inspiration?
A: The streets, other emerging designers, eBay, hardware stores, and thrift stores.
Q: What influences your style as far as your fashion choices?
A: Honestly, I feel like just walking down the street. I’m really into uniform wear, so looking at people’s outfits on the streets. There are some brands that I like, but honestly they’re influenced by people on the street too. I feel like it’s all through people’s authentic selves.
Q: You’re a performer and an art major. Does that influence your fashion and style? How does that go hand in hand?
A: I’m a sculpture major, but I do performance as my main work. I think that actually goes really hand in hand because I think I wear what I feel like each day. It’s a totally different mood or character, almost like a costume. It’s different parts of myself coming out. I think that’s super important in performing, whether you’re building a character or assuming a role. I think fashion is like that true expression of that self.
Q: Do you have any style advice?
A: Be moody and wear what you want.
Q: Where do you do your shopping?
A: Most of mine are in vintage shops or thrift stores, and I’m a big eBay shopper. There’s such a thrill with thrifting and shopping on eBay. You don’t know what you’re looking for, maybe you do, but when you find it, it’s like “Goal!” There’s no feeling like it. It’s just too easy going shopping on sites that have it immediately for you. There’s a thrill to finding it.
Q: What are your current favorite pieces in your wardrobe?
A: Every two-piece suit.
Q: Who are your favorite designers right now?
A: My favorite brand is Eckhaus Latta. I really like their brand. I respect them a lot because they’re so outspoken about their beliefs. Last year, their show was outside in a public park, so it was extremely accessible for anyone in the public. It wasn’t exclusive. Also, a lot of the models were artists or people who are influencers. I really like that they had a relationship between the brand, the clothing, and the models. I like Y Project, Low Classic, and Craig Green. I also like Moses Gauntlett Cheng, Vetements of course, and Faustine Steinmetz has really good craft.
Q: What are you listening to musically?
A: Brenton Wood, Playboi Carti, Ethereal, Tobacco, Badmon Benz, and Helen Shapiro.