Taiwan designer's spacesuits win high praise in London
CNALONDON--A Taiwanese college graduate's spacesuit-inspired outfits won high praise Sunday at London Fashion Week, with his designs lauded for their trendsetting creativity and artistry.
September 17, 2013, 12:08 am TWN
Angus Chiang (江奕勲), a graduate of Taipei's Shih Chien University who was appearing at the prominent fashion show for the first time, showcased the futuristic collection that won him the International Award at Graduate Fashion Week in London in June.
The 22-year-old's series "Sailing to the Moon" was made up of six designs, some of which were embroidered with colorful carnations and different Chinese characters conveying the idea of "blessings" and included astronaut helmets.
Gitte Jonsdar of Denmark's international fashion label Muuse, who was one of the judges at the June event for fashion graduates, praised Chiang's work for its creativity, beauty and cultural elements, which won him unanimous support from the panelists.
Chiang's ingenuity — fusing Buddhist and space travel elements — was essential for a young designer and the main reason why he beat the other 19 collections shown by students from 16 different universities around the globe, Jonsdar said.
Mauro Galligari, chief executive officer of the Milan-based fashion vendor Studio Zeta, praised Chiang's bold use of color and designs in general, saying those traits set him apart from other designers and underpinned his artistry and creativity.
The Taiwanese designer told CNA in an interview that winning the top honor in June boosted his confidence in playing around with designs.
He said he would experiment with new materials in his new collection, thanks to inspirations from fellow exhibitors who used unconventional materials such as rubber and plastic in their works at London Fashion Week.
The Graduate Fashion Week is renowned for having launched the careers of many successful designers, including Stella McCartney and Alexander McQueen.