We congratulate Feiyang Qiao, winner of our 2019 Fashion Design Competition!
China Institute’s annual Fashion Design Competition supports emerging designers by promoting creativity inspired by China’s culture and aesthetics in contemporary, global design.
Video of our panel on “China Cool: How Next Gen Designers are Defining a New Culture,” with experts Harlan Bratcher of JD Fashion, Hazel Clark of Parsons, Anqi Jiang, winner of our 2018 Competition, and fashion writer Mary Wang, moderated by China Institute VP of Programs, Dinda Elliott.
Explore photos from our runway show featuring all of the designs from our 11 finalists and images of our panel discussion:
Additional photos from behind the scenes of our runway show and judging session are available on our Flickr page
Watch full video of all finalists HERE
Wen Ting Hsu
Wen Ting Claire Hsu was born and raised in Taiwan and started her career in Branding and Marketing in New York and Taipei. She took a leap of faith to pursue her dream and enrolled in the fashion design program at the Parsons School of Design. Her understanding of Western and Eastern culture, compassion for humanity, and emphasis on sustainability are reflected in her designs. She hopes to bring greater meaning and purpose to society through her design vision.
Bowen Hu believes that fashion’s future is in designing to psychologically or physically support the wearer and environment. She is interested in innovative approaches to textile, color, and silhouette, and focuses on creating designs that reflect her vision. Through her experiences studying fashion and art in other countries, she prefers creating designs embedded with fabrics, sounds, and actual stories from herself or the community to encourage interaction and engagement with the designs. This mix of cultural fluidity is key to her designs and she hold great love and respect for Chinese traditions because they are the foundations of all her knowledge and thinking.
Siyuan Jin has been studying design in the United States for almost seven years, but her inspiration around China has never diminished. There is an old saying in Chinese “不识庐山真面目, 只缘身在此山中,” which means that “the true face of mountain Lu is lost to my sight, for it is right in this mountain that I reside.” Siyuan thinks it is important for a designer to be an outsider while responding to their social surrounding in a unique way.
Weina Li is a fashion designer who graduated from the Academy of Art University in 2018. Her design aesthetic is true and diverse in form. Instead of just learning techniques, she always tries to develop her abilities to think and explore within herself as a fashion designer.
Fei Liu recently completed the Fashion Design MFA program at the Savannah College of Art and Design. Her work is marked by deep exploration of craftsmanship in the creation of delicate details and unexpected silhouettes. Subtle nuances of texture within the same shade or gradual variations of color value are present in her multifaceted collection of removable layers and hidden surprises.
#1. Still waters run deep.
#2. Every single detail in life completes me.
#3. Instead of museums, I find art in shantytowns.
Shine (He) Sang is a New York based fashion design student originally from Beijing. Her architectural background and strong interest in art shapes her perceptions about her surroundings. Collections by Shine show a combination of cultural nostalgia and an exploration on modern design language.
Danchen Sun was born in Shenyang, China. She recently graduated from the Parsons School of Design with a bachelor’s degree in Fashion Design. Danchen has a great passion for handcrafted works, and she sees fashion as a timeless and ageless art. Boldly using colors, Danchen pursues in an effort to capture specialness and ingeniousness.
I was born and raised in Beijing and I’m currently completing my senior year at Parsons the New School for Design. The style of my fashion work focuses on functionality and street-style with a sense of chicness; and as a book artist I pay more attention on the content and readers’ personal interaction with my work. My main design inspirations come from the book, movie, artwork and social phenomena that I observe. I usually design regardless of gender, in order to make my wearer feel comfortable in my work, and stay free to express their extraordinary personalities. My biggest strength is to combine my vision of fashion and communication together, in this way I can think in both visual and logical ways when I’m doing my work. My wish is to combine my knowledge, perspective, and experience that I obtained from the two fields to deliver the best creativity to my clients and audiences.
Peng Ye is a recent graduate of the Parsons School of Design who is currently trying to launch his career in New York’s fashion industry. He is interested in unisex and minimalism and likes to create his works by playing around with new things. He is also exploring the possibility of achieving balance in being both commercial and artistic.
Jiahui Yu is a senior fashion design student at Kent State University. She was born in Tokyo, Japan and raised in Guangzhou, China. While studying abroad in the United States, she always remembers where she came from. This unique Chinese identity inspires her as a fashion designer. As a Chinese designer, she hopes that her designs can be seen by the world, so that all aspects of Chinese culture can be known by the world through her design.
To evaluate the young designers’ submissions, China Institute assembled a board of renowned judges with diverse backgrounds at the intersection of art, fashion and design. The judges include:
Global Business Development Head
As Global Business Development Head for fashion at JD.com, China’s largest retailer, Harlan Bratcher is responsible for introducing Western brands to China and JD’s platform. A retail veteran and entrepreneur, he was previously CEO of Reed Krakoff and was President and CEO of A|X Armani Exchange for 14 years, from 2001 to 2014, managing all aspects of the day-to-day operations. Prior, Harlan was Senior Vice President of Global Marketing at Calvin Klein, and held executive and management positions at companies including Sony Corporation and QVC, where he successfully launched Q2, the upscale lifestyle home shopping network.
Professor of Design Studies and Fashion Studies
Parsons School of Design
Hazel Clark teaches fashion studies and design studies in the School of Art and Design History and Theory where she initiated the MA in Fashion Studies, and MA in Design Studies as a former Dean of the School. She currently serves as Research Chair of Fashion at Parsons.
Simon Collins is a design thinker, speaker, writer, educator, designer and advisor. Following a career as a fashion designer then creative director for some of the world’s leading brands including Nike, Polo, and Zegna, he spent seven years as Dean of the School of Fashion at Parsons, where he helped turn the quietly respected design school into a global mega-brand that partnered with luxury groups like Kering and LVMH. In 2016 Collins launched the Fashion Culture Design Unconference in New York, the first major global platform for actual creative discussion, ideas and problem-solving. FCD has become a global ecosystem of unconferences, salons, podcasts and parties. In 2017 Collins launched WeDesign.org a global design education platform with a mission to give the world’s best design education to anyone anywhere in the world via live-link video classes with highly respected professors.
Fashion Illustrator, Dior’s Artist-in-Residence
Bil Donovan is one of todays most accomplished and revered fashion illustrators, deemed so by Christian Dior, who appointed him their first Artist-in-Residence for Dior Beauty in 2009, a role he continues to serve in as illustrator for the brand. Donovan utilizes an innate sense of selectivity in his work to communicate the essence of glamour, luxury and style.
Karen Van Godtsenhoven
Associate Curator, The Costume Institute
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Karen Van Godtsenhoven is Associate Curator at The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute, working on exhibition programming and collection development. Previously, Ms. Van Godtsenhoven worked for eight years as Curator at Antwerp’s ModeMuseum (MoMu), as an expert in 20th– and 21st–century fashion, where she curated and co-curated more than 15 exhibitions.
Fashion Writer and Editor
Mary Wang is a Chinese-Dutch writer and editor based in New York. She is the founder of Against Nudity (www.against-nudity.com), an experiment in fashion conducted in almost monthly pdf’s. She also leads the US programming for The White Review and runs Miscellaneous Files at Guernica. Her work has appeared in BOMB, the Guardian, Longreads, Man Repeller, the New Republic, New York Public Radio/WNYC, Village Voice, and Vogue, among others.
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The design submission deadline is November 30, 2018, at 11:59 pm. All entries/materials must be received by the entry deadline.
WHO MAY ENTER
Entrants must be at least 18 years of age, students or new graduates (2016 or later) in design schools in United States as of the date of entry. CONTEST IS VOID WHERE PROHIBITED.
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• Contest consists of three (3) rounds of evaluation. In Round One, a panel of Judges will review applications and select the top 25 finalists. In Round Two, the panel of judges will choose the top ten finalists. Those ten finalists will be given a $300 stipend to produce their collections. In Round Three, the finalists will present their work at China Institute and the judges will select a winner.
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