Celebrity Travel: Go away with Beverley Huynh
Born in Canada and based out of Vancouver, British Columbia, costume designer Beverley Huynh said after childhood vacations to California, Hawaii and the Bahamas, her family went on a trip that changed her life. “We were in Vietnam for six weeks and I got to see my parents’ childhood home, met family I didn't know, and got to connect with my roots,” said Huynh, whose work has been featured on “Van Helsing,” “A Million Little Things” and “Arrow.” “It oddly felt like home. Going to Vietnam felt like I was connecting with a piece of me I felt was missing. That trip changed everything and travel became a part of me that I never want to give up.” See more of Huynh’s work on Instagram (@bevwincostumes) and her website (www.bevwin.com).
Q: How have your travels served as inspiration for your work?
A: Traveling enables a way of research that is not available online or in a book. My line of work is very tactile. You absolutely have to get your hands on it to know and feel what to expect. You can't do that through photos or videos, no matter the quality. Traveling also leads me to connecting with experts and people that I wouldn't normally or easily have the chance to talk to in my field. An email can easily be ignored, but when you reach out and your intention is to learn and connect in person, it makes a huge difference.
Q: Which pop culture icons do you think are elevating fashion to an art form?
A: I am in love with Harry Styles, Billy Porter, Billie Eilish and Lizzo right now. Main reason is because they give zero (expletive). They're bending traditional rules, embracing who they are, wearing what they want with confidence and promoting body positivity.
Q: If you had travel plans for 2020 and had to cancel where were they to?
A: I had plans to be in Mexico with some friends (in 2020) and then in summer there were plans to go to Europe. Hoping for that to change soon.
Q: What is your best and/or worst vacation memory?
A: The best memory is falling asleep on a pebble beach in Nice after an outdoor World Cup party and waking up to the sun rising and a seagull pecking at something near my head. It was funny and terrifying at the same time. The worst was traveling through Southeast Asia by myself, feeling out of place more than I ever had in my life and experiencing reverse racism. I had never been in a place before where I looked like everyone else but couldn't communicate. I was absolutely berated for it. It felt really lonely at times.
Q: What is your favorite vacation destination?