NEW YORK — Lee Young Hee, a leading fashion designer in South Korea, will be here today to host a fashion show and unveil the Lee Young Hee Museum at 2 West 32nd Street.

The museum — a first of its kind in New York — celebrates Korean fashion, art and design, and aims to evolve into an important cultural institution. Hee has donated more than 1,000 traditional Korean costumes and pieces for this exhibition, including many that will be on view for the first time here. The artistic installation celebrates her culture, commemorating the 100th anniversary of Korean immigration to the U.S.

At a 4 p.m. fashion show, Hee will showcase her spring collection as well as traditional pieces such as hanbok, the traditional costume of Korea, with roots as far back as 57 B.C.

There are also antique accessories, jewelry with precious and semiprecious stones and ceremonial robes with elaborate headdresses dating back hundreds of years.

This story first appeared in the September 21, 2004 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.