Turkish Jewelry Designer Finds Authenticity in Shen Yun

January 17, 2015 2:34 am Last Updated: January 17, 2015 2:34 am

NEW YORK—Having dedicated his life to designing unique and authentic jewelry that blended old Turkish history with modern designs, Alp Sagnak knows quality when he sees it.

Mr. Sagnak, who now lives in New York saw Shen Yun Performing Arts at Lincoln Center on Jan. 16 with his wife. The New York-based Shen Yun performed a dance depicting the ladies of the Hmong ethnic group wearing silver jewelry. The dance was called, In a Village of The Hmong.

The jewelry in particular occupied Mr. Sagnak’s attention.

“Bright jingling sounds rise from the flowery fields of southern China, heralding the arrival of a group of young ladies,” the company’s program book reads. Scenes of ladies clad in elaborate silver jewelry step to the sounds of the music.

“Authentic. Very new for us. It’s refreshing,” Mr. Sagnak said about the performance.

Alp Sagnak is a sought after name among celebrities.

A-listers like Katy Perry, Christina Aguilera, Russell Brandt, Brooke Shields, and many others have been spotted wearing his designs.

Mr. Sagnak, who has formal training in Ottoman Empire jewelry, is the owner and founder of Atelier Minyon. His 6 flagship stores started out in Turkey and now he has a boutique on Fifth Avenue in New York.

Shen Yun Performing Arts’ mission is to revive the 5,000 years of traditional Chinese culture. The company does this through music and dance. Each dance includes hand-made costumes, as well as custom-made jewelry.

“This show means China to me, one hundred percent,” Mr. Sagnak said after the show on Friday, Jan. 16.

More than just the visuals, Mr. Sagnak enjoyed the cooperation and synchronicity of the dancers.

“Everyone has their own role, and they’re equally generated. It’s very authentic … We love that,” he said.

Reporting by Sherry Dong and Kristina Skorbach

New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has four touring companies that perform around the world. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org.

Epoch Times considers Shen Yun Performing Arts the significant cultural event of our time. We have proudly covered audience reaction since Shen Yun’s inception in 2006.