Cliff Fong was born in New York and travelled many countries around the world before settling in Los Angeles where he has been part of the design community for two decades both as an interior designer and a fashion stylist, designer and entrepreneur.
As an interior designer, he creates unique, personal and often unexpected environments. His scope is residential as well as retail commercial spaces. Retail spaces include: Madison Gallery, Twelfth Street by Cynthia Vincent, night spot H. Wood and West Hollywood’s Ink restaurant. In 2009, with partners, he opened Galerie Half, an emporium of 20th century design, European antiques, architectural elements and art.
As a fashion buyer, stylist and designer, he worked with Ron Herman and Maxfield amongst other fashion companies. In 2004 he cofounded an artisanal unisex luxury collection, Chatav Ectabit, with Sandy Dalal.
In an effort to give you a sneak peek into the highly anticipated window displays at LEGENDS OF LA CIENEGA 2011: CELEBRATE ART, we asked the Legends designers to share the inspiring thoughts and aesthetics behind their Legends window in the La Cienega Design Quarter. "The Legends Style Sheet" sponsored by Jean de Merry, presents a series of fun and unconventional interviews with our participating window display designers.
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Jean Cocteau (1889-1963) was a French poet, novelist, dramatist, designer, boxing manager, playwright, artist and filmmaker. Along with other avant-garde artists of his generation Cocteau grappled with the algebra of verbal code old and new, mise en scene language and technologies of modernism to create a paradox: a classical avant-garde. His circle of associates, friends and lovers included Pablo Picasso, Jean Hugo, Jean Marais, Marlene Dietrich, Coco Chanel, Erik Satie and Edith Piaf (whom he cast in one of his one-act plays entitled Le Bel Indifferent). His work was played out in the theatrical world of the Grands Theatres, the Boulevards and beyond during the Parisian époque he both lived through and helped define and create. His versatile, unconventional approach and enormous output brought him international acclaim.