Qiong Xin Kou is a Chinese Fashion Textile designer basing in New York City.
Kou’s background consists of three different countries and three different fashion colleges: France’s Esmod (Beijing branch), United Kingdom’s Central Saint Martins, and the United States’ Parsons The New School. Each environment broadened her understanding of design and moved Kou to stretches her imagination.
There is a unique, dreamlike quality and sensibility that Kou brings to her work and life as a whole. Nature always sparks her creative impulse, from inside out. By following the natural guide, Kou finds inspiration in the seemingly minuscule technical details of design: a hand-sewn button, embroidery, and creating exclusive hand stitched pieces. Her work, at its core, depends on classic couture techniques and an appreciation for textiles as an art form. Her entire career has been a journey of understanding the artistry of slow fashion and fully realizing these qualities in her own collections. The countless hours spent on knitting a garment into the night have instilled in Kou perseverance, but it has also helped her to realize the psychological, emotional, and spiritual effect clothing can have on humanity. Kou believes that human beings are intrinsically connected to the earth and to each other. Her work, in essence, seeks to reawaken an awareness of the self. It encourages you to slow down, breathe in, feel.