We Are Slaves to Objects Around Us
My collection is a response to the role of the fashion industry today. It drives people to buy more and more stuff they don't need, and companies persuade consumers into buying without considering what it is that they are buying, precisely – what they are buying into. My collection is about asking questions: Where does the value of clothes come from? The labels on the clothes are not branded, they are security tags that are normally taken off when you pay for the clothes. Leaving them on, leaves also the question of ownership. The wearer has stolen the clothes, the clothes represent an attitude of disobedience and rebellion.
The garments attempt to materialise this attitude of rebellion as well. They are bags and hats that refuse their purpose and resist consumption. In this sense, they also resist having an audience. There is a tension between the clothes that resist wearing and the wearer who has stolen the clothes. The soles of the shoes have hidden messages. They say: You want it, you need it, you buy it, you forget it. The footprint left behind betrays the wearer. In the space produced by this friction, the status of the object and its meaning is always unstable and in question.
I chose to work with light for the accessories because it produces a shape that can’t be touched or felt. The propeller on the hats and bags functions at once as ornament and self-protection, if you try to touch it you will hurt yourself. I was interested in using paper for the garments because it can never look perfect, it is creased from the outset, and it can’t be ironed or straightened back out. When we were fitting the models they were very careful with the clothes, but I said not to worry, they are not meant to look perfect. I think fashion is too concerned with a perfection that doesn't really exist anywhere else.
School of Design
MA Fashion Womenswear, 2015
My research interests centre on creating provoking silhouettes and breaking borders between fashion design and accessories design, combining sound and mechanics and adding in new concepts and techniques. My design aesthetic offers an innovative interpretation of masculinity and femininity by harmonising philosophy in depth and a sense of future imagination. Questioning the modern wardrobe range, accessories/garments offer multiple reflections of identity via their visual diversity as a new form to express.
- Graduate Diploma in Fashion Design, Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design, 2013; BA Fashion Design, Tsinghua University, 2012
- Intership, Emporio Armani Uomo, Giorgio Armani, Milan, 2013
- First prize, The Best Fashion Item, Who's Next, 2014
- 'Work-in-progress: Ya Wen', 1Granary Magazine, 2015; 'Post 90s', ELLE China, September 2012