There’s a handful of Chinese designers who for the past years have consistently been looking back at China’s “original” culture to draw inspiration from. We’re talking:
- Minority influences. Take, for example, Joyce Wang and her Guizhou Province hailing indigo-dyeing plus weaving techniques and wax printing. Vega “Zaishi” Wang and her local Beijing seamstresses, Guizhou Province mountain village embroidery, and so the list goes on.
- Historical influences. Take, for example, the Pillowbook lingerie brand, revamping classic dynastical Chinese undergarments like the dudou and bringing them back to 2018 life. Other brands, such as Atelier Rouge Pekin, in a way take inspiration from China’s modern past, from Mao T-shirts to doing a capsule collection with Meihua as to give the “patriotic” sports brand an complete overhaul.
- Street influences. Asian fashion at large is considered androgynous, but China adds its own touch. I call it “Androchine”. We can trace back the trend hundreds of years.
And then we haven’t even gotten into the urban (underground) scenery or photography examples.
Again, more to come soon…