The concept of my Senior collection is “I’m the Villain”, I got inspiration from female villains that are in movies, series, animes, and comics. Most of the time villains are seen as evil and crazy, but in me, I see confident, elegant, powerful, bold, and queen of themselves. In the design mine, I want to express the woman's power, confidence, and gut to stand up and fight back against injustice. I want the person who is wearing the garment out of my design to treat herself as her own queen, the lead of her own life.
What are you personally inspired by?
My inspiration for my collection was from female villains that are from movies, series, animes, and comics. I love the vibe from the female villains because they are always confident, elegant, powerful, bold, and see themselves as queens. I understand that nowadays there’s still some inequality between women and men, and sometimes women are unable to speak up and to be themselves because of all the rules from a patriarchal society. In my design, I want to express the woman's power, confidence, and gut to stand up and fight back against injustice. I want the person who is wearing the garment out of my design could treat herself as her own queen, the lead of her own life.
What was a defining fashion moment for you?
I believe it will be the moment when the person walks into an event such as a red carpet with the design garment people would immediately focus on her, bring her attention, and make her the spotlight. All of a sudden, the style of wearing or the garment that this person is wearing becomes the trend, for example, Kylie Kristen Jenner.
In China's history of costume, women’s wear has been changing over and over as the dynasty switched. Among all the dynasties, I personally love the women’s wear from the Tang dynasty because its fluidity on the dress brings up elegance. More importantly, Chinese embroidery culture from centuries ago is often seen in these costumes; it carried the Chinese culture and history. Nowadays Chinese traditional women's wear from the Tang dynasty is often brought up and has become a trend in China. As a Chinese and a fashion designer, I should share the beauty of Chinese traditional women's wear in western countries. The main symbolism on the fabric is the crane because it's a symbol of China's national bird, and in Chinese culture, it will bring luck and longevity.
What is the biggest takeaway from your time as an ADM major?
The biggest takeaway from my time as an ADM major is that I learn that fashion isn’t just designing a garment. It is a lifestyle that people want to express to the world about their attitude. It also involved the environment, society, the culture, etc…. and as a designer, I have the ability and opportunity to speak up and express myself and others' perspectives through my design.
What are you most proud of accomplishing in your time as a design major?
My most proud accomplishment in my time as a design major is that I was able to learn and absorb the knowledge of how to work as a professional designer, and use these experiences to create my own concept from the beginning, understand my expression, put down my design, and make it into a real garment. All of this was my first-time experience and I’m very proud that I jumped out of my comfort zone and took on this challenge.