With the Young Designers Contest at the Hong Kong Fashion Week coming on 20 Jan, I have met up with 2 of the finalists Michelle Yeung and Fanyu Tsang – who are students from the same uni and department as me – Institute of Textiles and Clothing (ITC) at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (HKPU). It was a great chat as it brought me back to the “school” feeling which was like a dream to me.
: LUSH TALKS with Fanyu Tsang :
What got you into fashion design?
I am actually a graduate from City University Social Work Bachelor Degree graduate and now I have just started at ITC Fashion Design Higher Diploma course for a few months. I have always been interested in fashion design but I didn’t wish to make it my career – it might change the nature of the fun within it. Due to the wish of my family members, I have completed a degree in Social Work but afterwards, I have finally decided to give design a try.
Now that you have started the Fashion Design course for a few months, how has it been so far?
It wasn’t exactly what I was expecting. Not as much excitement as I thought so far, but I am still undergoing a “testing” phrase, including this Young Designers’ Contest. It is fun to experience so much within these few months. I feel like I have gone through a lot more than what I had during the 4 years I spent at the Social Work bachelor course.
These are some of his previous works at school. I quite like the mono flies pattern with one fallen over – quite cute and whimsical!
Tell me about your YDC collection… how did you get your inspirations?
I personally love Japanese culture and style. At the beginning, I started from the idea of Wabi Sabi – the Japanese art of finding beauty in imperfection and profundity in nature, of accepting the natural cycle of growth, decay, and death. It’s simple, slow, and uncluttered-and it reveres authenticity above all. From that, I have diverted into Bushidō – the way of samurai life. It is a way to trust your instincts – reminiscing my very own feelings when I first decided to go into Fashion Design. I learnt to know myself more when I was in Social Work field, that was what I was taught.
This is one of Fanyu’s final works for the YDC 2015 collection named “YON” which means “4′ in Japanese. He wanted to put himself as a samurai and do what he wanted to do 4 years ago – fashion design. It is the subtleness and the silhouettes that caught my eyes at the first place. I am very excited to see the actual piece with the fabric details.
And a bit of behind-the-scenes from his collection here.
Was your previous school years in Social Work helpful in Fashion Design today?
Yes, definitely. I got to know clearly what I really want to do in life and direction. But there have been some changes after I have started in design – I realised that when you do design, you have to get to know yourself even more. There has been a very intense “forwardness” within these few months that I have never experienced before. It has been a very rewarding self-discovery process.
: LUSH TALKS with Michelle Yeung :
What brought you to fashion design?
I studied at The Jockey Club Ti-I College and loved Visual Arts. In 2009, I won the champion of International Footwear Competition (Asia) – the award brought me to Italy and Venice to go into a master course of “Shoes & Accessories design Icon”. It was a wonderful experience as I get to learn from shoes designer of Prada, Emi. I have decided to pursue my dreams and direction in fashion design and thus continued my degree at ITC in HKPU.
These are a few of her previous works. The one above is quite wearable and marketable I have to say. Delicate leather-works.
What is the theme of your YDC 2015 collection?
The collection is called “Inside the Caves” – I have once travelled and went into a cave with a huge wall of natural crystals. Apart from that experience, I have once hiked with my family and discovered beautiful hidden lake in the concrete jungle – Hong Kong. They were utterly amazing so I want to present that power of nature to people. Never judge by the appearance. Look inside to find out more – you will always be surprised.
For the crystal shaped pieces, how did you manage to create the look?
I used lots of small diamond shaped transparent beads to create the organic shapes and details. The 3D shape is a result of various experiments with the applications of those beads.
I already love the look of these bits and pieces! What do you think this is? A helmet?
Where do you see yourself in fashion design in the long term?
My interest lies on evening wear. I have discovered my love for heavy beads and appliqué. I will probably follow that direction with a little twist in the fabrics.
It is very encouraging chatting with these new talents. Sometimes it can be quite frustrating being an entrepreneur in the fashion design field – with everything else but design that you have you deal with. Creativity shouldn’t be constrained but it would be a better balance with the “reality” condition. All the best with the YDC 2015 contestants! Can’t wait to see all the works on the 20th.
As a daughter of an entrepreneur and being one herself, Grace has lived and learned all sides of creating and growing businesses. She is excited to bring all that life experience as well as 7 years of crafting content to G Edition, her very own edition of experience sharing in work and travel. She is a full-time bag designer and manufacturer, part-time traveler, and a lover of creative crafts.