The Korea Fashion Model Arts Association (Kofmaa) was officially launched Tuesday at a ceremony at the Gangnam District Textile Center in southern Seoul.
Kofmaa was established with the vision of promoting and supporting Korean cultural figures, especially models, dancers and musicians, in their overseas activities. The association was created after obtaining the approval of establishment from the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.
Kofmaa announced that she will lead fashion model management, organize fashion shows and fashion conferences, and expand overseas marketing.
“In order to develop the Korean fashion industry, we need to embrace the lifestyle fashion industry with the cultural arts industry,” Chung So-mi, chairman of Kofmaa, said at the ceremony. “By combining the fashion industry, we can continue to improve its value.”
The launch ceremony brought together some 150 people including fashion teachers, officials from the Ministry of Culture, designers, models and actors. Actor Kim Mi-sook was among many personalities who gave a congratulatory speech at the launch of the association.
Kofmaa said that although it has about 150 members, its goal is to increase the number to 300 by next year.
BY SHIN MIN-HEE [firstname.lastname@example.org]