Li Ling Wang, based in Taiwan, studied MA Textile Futures at Central Saint Martins in 2011. Wang’s signature design consists of the creative application of new materials and the continued success of science and technology combined with fashion. She has explored the creative possibilities within material science and high and low technology. This has been achieved through conceptualising the forces of nature and further experimenting toward the development and application of technology in fashion.
Ling is a specialist in smart technology textiles and she has developed an innovative luminous fabric with a Taiwan textile company for her brand WANG LI LING. She was invited and sponsored to show at New York Fashion Week in 2016. Ling also showed at Taipei IN Style which was sponsored by Remy Martins Group in the same year. She has worked with big brands such as Heineken International Co. and Triumph. Her collections were well received by the press internationally and have been featured in magazines including Vogue.
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Ruizi Shi graduated in Fashion Womenswear from Istituto Marangoni, Italy in 2012. After her studies abroad in Italy and London, she returned to China and founded her brand and store SHUR RUITZ in Chonqing in 2013. Her designs can be described as an amalgamation of East couture with the West and aim to bring harmonious aesthetics to the modern days.
She is influenced by Taoism, the concept of inner peace translates into her minimal contemporary designs. Many of her pieces are cut dismissing traditional gender boundaries, designing for both men and women with a neutral frame of mind. Ruizi has been selected to show at various shows including London Fashion Week 2012 showcasing Marangoni's graduate talent.
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Tian Wang graduated in BA Fashion Design Technology Surface Textile for Fashion at London College of Fashion in 2009. After returning to China she founded her brand 'tiantian' in 2012. Her distinctive personal style is feminine yet contemporary. Inspiration is mainly derived from nature using hand drawn and digitally printed florals and soft tones in simple modern silhouettes. Her collection was well received by STYLEBUBBLE.COM's Susie Lau and Mark Luper describing her as the perfect combination of business and creativity. Her designs have received numerous awards including the ASOS LTD100 award. Tian’s collections have been published in numerous fashion media such as Surface magazine and Vogue. During and following her time at London College of Fashion, Tian worked at ASOS, Giles Deacon, Jasmine Di Milo, Alexander McQueen and many other renowned British brands.
As one of Northumbria’s twenty most innovative fashion students, Wen Yue Zhang’s debut collection was showcased at London Graduate Fashion Week 2016 where it was met with rave reviews.
Wen Yue Zhang’s graduate collection drew inspiration from the cult Chinese movie Farewell My Concubine (1993) which had a lasting impact on young people of Wen Yue’s generation. The film centers around two male apprentices to an opera school in the mid-1920s, following their journey of rigorous training to master the art form of the Peking Opera. In the film, the line “yet I am by nature a boy, not a girl”, is repeated pointing to the tradition of men performing female roles on stage, namely that of the coquettish female type, an aspect of traditional Peking opera that became Wen Yue's motif. Wen Yue notes that actors capable of performing female roles often have neutral features. Thus, neutral overtures became the framework to her collection. Applied on top of this foundation are traditional Chinese elements such as the use of brocade fabric, cloaking styles, headdress details and pattern specifications to be inlaid with modern techniques and fabrics.
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As the child of artistically inclined parents, Annie’s creativity was nurtured from a young age. Predisposed to art, it only seemed natural that she pursued this path in her education from high school and well into her graduate studies. After having studied Womenswear in Korea, she took hold of the opportunity to further her creative exploration by placing herself in the heart of London, one of the industry’s key players. Expanding her breadth, Annie took it upon herself to study fashion media, illustration and design before moving into Menswear at the London College of Fashion. She has since gone on to work for ADYN and Nicomede Talavera and continues to thread her conceptual approach to design through her newer collections.
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For her MA Fashion graduate collection at Kingston University, BoYang chose to depict the relationship between moving bodies and clothing. She turned to contemporary dance for inspiration and looked at alternative patternmaking theories to best create garments for a body in motion. The two inspirations for her collection came from famous choreographer and dancer Silvia Gribaudi and the patternmaking specialist Rickard Lindqvist – both of their work centered around movement with the body. Through this research, BoYang was able to inspect the different elements of dance to identify the correlation between expression and movement. She then transformed these movements into her garment patterns.
A recent graduate from the University for the Creative Arts, Xiao Qian graduated with a BA in Fashion Design. Her love for fashion runs deep, in her spare time Xiao Qian loves to immerse herself into the world of textiles and fabrics. While pursuing this interest of hers, she came across the knitting sector and became fascinated with the different types of machinery that was involved in its production. The movements of the machines intricacies and the synthesis of two discrepant materials, cold hard metal against soft malleable fibres became the inspiration to her collection. By using different materials and opposing forms in the construction of her garments, Xiao Qian was able to capture these complex discrepancies.
Emily He’s first collection was inspired by the cultural differences between the East and the West. As a local of both regions, Emily was able to witness the stark variations first-hand. Throughout her childhood and studies, she not only actively participated and seamlessly transitioned from one culture to the other but she also took on the role of an observer. She noticed habitual and behavioural differences that stemmed from the difference in thought patterns. In her exploration of the crossroads between these polar opposite places, Emily focused her collection on three main discourses: noise levels, self-expression and lifestyle. Taking a bold conceptual approach, Emily used different metaphoric adaptions and different materials to separate the two cultures.
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Haipu Zeng studied womenswear at London College of Fashion and is currently based in Shanghai. Zeng’s original inspiration derives from Chinese crowds where she spotted the subtle development of distinctive style within particular groups from the 60s to the 90s. She explores how individuals move beyond the straightforward notion of similarity towards a freewheeling, fabulously grey area where clothes push the boundaries of originality. Her designs express contrasts of wanting to stand out yet still remain within a group, allowing her collection to evolve into a scenic paradox of keeping to society’s standards while extending a fashion identity.
Alvin Lam studied Fashion and Textiles in Hong Kong before moving to the UK to do his masters. London culture heavily inspires Lam, particularly those based around gender. His designs are filling the gap between targeted gender-specific and androgynous apparel. Alvin is redefining industry standards on gender fluidity through his convertible and neutral designs that imply clothing is not personalised to gender, and this indistinctness makes the garments somewhat universal. Using playful minimalism and reflecting on issues surrounding subjective character, acceptance and unity his collection is about personality rather than masculinity or femininity.