The talented womenswear designer Chiye Huang focuses on questioning and reflecting on the inextricable links between history and contemporary society. The Kingston School of Art alumna’s latest collection, emphasises the love that should be cherished in life. In light of her most recent feature as part of our Global Young Talent in the October issue of Harper’s Bazaar UK, we had the pleasure of speaking to the London based designer about the importance of storytelling through one’s designs.
What made storytelling a large part of your collection?
In my opinion, design without meaning is merely a commodity for sale. Therefore, for me, by telling stories, I infuse my soul into my own designs in the process. Most designers have to focus on business under the background of limited time and enterprises’ rules, which not only make me consider the contemporary fashion with fast-paced development again, but also strengthen my determination to pour stories, history social hot topics and contemporary social issues into the design.
"In my opinion, design without meaning is merely a commodity for sale. Therefore, for me, by telling stories, I infuse my soul into my own designs in the process."
Did you always intend to showcase your collection in a narrative and impactful way?
I will always remember my original intentions and stick with it. It's not easy to create beautiful things and attract others with their charm. First of all, you should make a contribution unreservedly. At the same time, I think fashion should teach buyers a life concept and show the aesthetics of the designers.
How has history inspired your collection?
History is a heavy topic. On the one hand, from the Aesthetic of Death that I have explored, history makes me think about the various human civilization. Thousands of stories reflect the same human nature, and these stories are the sources of inspiration of the various colours and materials. On the other hand, when studying a fashion item, it’s important to start from the earliest days. It happens that history has provided all, and the information and pictures that were written into the books are the most authoritative design references.
"Thousands of stories reflect the same human nature, and these stories are the sources of inspiration of the various colours and materials."
What inspired you to use a lot of layering within your garments and collection?
A picture of World War I has affected me a lot, showing the scattered ordinary residents who had been dead. And for the ragged sleeves of dead bodies, I decided to use this as the main element to show this sadness and misfortune by layering.
How did you come up with your colour palette for this collection?
The inspiration and use of colour are based on my understanding of the theme and emotional attitude. During the process of researching, I unified and adjusted the series of colours according to the colour of the fabric.
"The inspiration and use of colour are based on my understanding of the theme and emotional attitude."
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Words by Reka Sara