From the press release:
Max Lu, M.F.A. Fashion Design, was born in Taipei, Taiwan and grew
up in Taipei City. After he completed his B.F.A. in Fashion Design, he worked as a freelance print pattern designer and fashion stylist assistant. In Taiwan he received an Honorable Mention Award from the Competition of Taiwan Textile Federation and won first prize at Manga Fashion Design Competition. For Spring 2016 Lu created a collaborative collection with Jingci Jessie Wang, M.F.A. Fashion Design, who hails from Hei Long Jiang province, China. Wang completed her B.F.A in Fashion Design in China and worked at Starview Trading Limited where she designed lingerie, underwear and sleepwear collections. She won the second prize for the Bosideng scholarship, the Okawa Textile Company Competition Finalist Award, the 3rd Gunze Fashion Design-China T-shirt Recognition Award and the Triumph Inspiration China National Competition Finalist Award. While working toward her graduate degree, Wang worked at Dan group in San Francisco where she assisted in designing womenswear collections. Lu and Wang previously worked together as a part of a seven designer group that presented their collaborative menswear collection at Spring 2015 New York Fashion Week. For their Spring 2016 collection, Lu and Wang aimed to express ambiguous and unclear forms from a blurry dream. The collection features 1950’s classic and elegant silhouettes, executed in modern materials including lame, metallic leather and sequins.
Yanfei Fan Spring 2013 Academy of Art University Runway show in New York during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. Photos by Randy Brooke.
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From the press release:
Yanfei Fan was born and raised in Shijianhuang, in the Hebei province of China. She earned a B.F.A. in Fashion Design from Hebei Normal University before pursuing a M.F.A. degree in Fashion Design at Academy of Art University. When creating her Spring 2013 collection, Fan was inspired by the windows in modern buildings, including their repetitive patterns, angular shapes, and the transparency of the glass.
Jade Juanyu Liu was born and raised in Shanghai, China. She earned her B.A. in Fashion Design from Soochow University and worked as a design intern with Suzhou Temost Textile and Garment Co. as well as Guotia International Group. She is pursuing an M.F.A. in Fashion Design at the Academy of Art University and has honed her skills working as a pattern maker for gr.dano. Her collection was inspired by the French collage artist Damien Blottiere, known for his unique layering technique that creates shadows and empty space. She layered several fabrics, including wool, jersey and fur, to achieve the same effect. ( Text From The Academy of Art University Press Release )
Vogue 服饰与美容 , Ming Xi, center wears a dress by Bottega Veneta. See more on Ford Models Blog.
The Young Associates of China Institute, a newly organized network of young Chinese students and professionals hosted a night of emerging new talent for their event “Night Of Fashion: Then And Now” last Wednesday at the Chelsea Cue Art Foundation. The artists represented were: Ann Yee, Arbitage, Cody Sai, Janet Zheng and Ken + Dana. The show began with a look back at the history of traditional Chinese costume, from the Zhou Dynasty (1046 – 256 VC) to the Early Republic (1900 – 1912) to the present day. Elaborate headdresses, wide sleeves and opulent gowns in brilliant jewel colors of red and gold reflected a time when government officials were recognized by the width of their belt or Manchurian princesses by the cut of their box-like dresses and head decoration. Fast forward to today, and we’re offered a glimpse into the collections of 5 young Chinese-American designers, each showing about 6 looks that was representative of their line. First up was Cody Sai, a graduate from Pratt. Mr. Sai focused mainly on classic looks of nude, black and white dresses, pleated skirts and asymmetrical cuts. Designer Janet Zheng introduced us to her menswear line, clearly ready for winter with slouchy trousers, trench coats and warm knits. Arbitage is the menswear label of Alan Chan and Manoj Dadlani, which specializes in the perfectly fited dress shirt and already has a following at Fred Segal, Nordstrom and Saks Fifth Avenue. Ken + Dana are a jewelry designing duo that specialize in body decoration and unconventional ways to wear them. Their aesthetic has regional roots in Maine, Hong Kong and Brooklyn. A designer of note was Ann Yee – we immediately took to the elegant grey silky jumpsuit with small buttons on the back and front as well as the double paneled pink and khaki blouse worn with linen pants. Both covetable items. In a wonderful play of texture, she draped a braided knit scarf across a white blouse which looked both haphazard and deliberate. The effect made the accessory seem a part of the blouse, as if woven in. The contrast was unusual.
The night ended with cocktails and mingling and voiced congratulations. We hope to see more of this newly formed association that is committed to the young designers in the Asian community.
Photos by Stevyn Llewellyn
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