June 2017 – When legendary director, actress, and choreographer Baayork Lee learned that she would be honored at the 2017 Tonys with the Isabelle Stevenson Award – she knew that only one designer could dress her for such a momentous occasion – Malan Breton.’
Lee was cited for her “Outstanding Dedication to Social Service in the Global Theatre Landscape” as founder of the National Asian Arts Project which is a community of artists, educators, administrators, community leaders, and professionals who strive to showcase the work of Asian-American theater artists through performance, educational programming and community outreach.
Lee and Breton are longtime friends, and share a strong passion for Asian empowerment. In addition to his status as one of the world’s most famous clothing designers, Breton has also been recognized for his support of his native Taiwanese culture as the country’s “Ambassador of Tourism.”
Breton, who first came to New York City as an actor and model was excited to create an outfit for Lee.
Lee, who was surprised that the Tonys committee were bestowing such a prestigious award to her, was equally thrilled that Breton created a glamourous, symbolic gown for her which was adorned with sparrows because, as Breton notes “it’s the little petite bird that speaks the loudest!”