Ziqi Xing was born and grew up in Shenzhen China, later studied Fashion Design at Parsons The New School in New York City as well as studied knitwear design at Central Saint Martins in London. During her stay in New York City, she has worked for fashion brands including The Row and Prabal Gurung. In 2019, her design for “Young Talents for Sustainable Thinking” exhibition was selected to be exhibited at Museo Salvatore Ferragamo in Florence, Italy from June 2019 to March 2020. Ziqi is also a collaborator in the “Transmissions: Heritage and New Creation” project held by Cristóbal Balenciaga Museum at Parsons. Ziqi’s artistic inspiration stems from her unique perspective of contemporary social phenomenon including dominance of social media and fashion design copyright infringement.
In Ziqi’s collection “Copyright”, she explored the definition of US copyright law in fashion design and indicated the vagueness of design copyright law by creating an artistic form of statement through customised print design. Brands in the industry profit by repeating original content, especially using other brands’ online clothing images as inspiration. The rules of copying other’s design ideas are vague because there is no prevention of copying fashion designs in the US copyright laws while only certain patterns or prints could be protected. In order to mimic the “knockoff” phenomenon happening in the fashion industry, the goal of her collection is to delude viewers by combining the actual construction details of physical garments with digital print construction details. In other words to “Copy” “Right”, in each look, Ziqi combine half 3D physical details with half 2D printed pixelated garment details, deliberately mimicking the actions of copying processes prevalent in the fashion industry.