Ningyao Zhang combines traditional Chinese culture with modern fashion design. Having strong interests in historic Chinese painting and calligraphy helped her create her graduate collection.
While attending an exhibition in Shanghai, Zhang, discovered an artist named Liu Hongyuan, whose artwork connects fashion with traditional Chinese opera. The floral prints in Liu’s work inspired Zhang to develop her prints using a similar aesthetic. Zhang has revived the non-conformist, revolutionary, haute hippie trend. Throughout her collection it is clear that print design is her strongest skill, using flowery prints to develop her signature style.
The continuous play of flower types and arrangement of colour create a manifesto of flirty femininity. Exquisitely crafted and intricately executed, her designs ooze a free spirit vibe.