Spring 2017 Designer Focus: Rong Zhang
Q&A with Designer Rong Zhang
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My biggest fashion inspirations growing up…
The Latest collection shows intricately crafted, multi-layered garments and explorations into digital printing, digital embroidery and elastic material weaving, and creates thought-provoking silhouettes through a conscious layering textiles to represent the constraint of the Chinese examinations. Themes such as the exam papers, Chinese youth uniforms, Victorian costume details and artworks from Susan Hefuna and Maurizio Cattelan have been developed in ‘Traces’ collection.
The starting point of ‘Traces’ collection came from experimenting with Waving Textile and Bias Fabric Manipulation. Initially focused on making a garment installation, Rong tried to waving the colorful elastic bands on the netting fabric, and transformed the result into digital patterns. Moving on, Rong used digital patterns to develop new shapes and different fabric manipulation like the layering organza, the pearling edge georgette.
At first sight, the collection unfolds a fusion of craftsmanship, casual silhouettes and condense, flowing feelings. The layering fabric manipulation and netting fabric indicate the pressure of Chinese high school exam and constraint of breathe. The fabric manipulation ideas develop more innovative structures and shapes to Rong’s collection through draping.
The moment that my brand evolved…
I has been working in Fashion Design for 6 years, and she received Bachelor degree in Womenwear from London Collage of Fashion in 2015. Using rich and geometrical patterns, the art of folding, creating volume through construction, my undergraduate collection has been featured in leading publications such as Vogue. For my intricately crafted, multi-layered garments and explorations into digital printing, digital embroidery and weaving techniques, my collections has been selected for ‘The Chinese Festival’ Exhibition in London V&A Museum 2013, ‘1ndependent15’ Design Show in London 2015 and ‘The Costume Colloquium V-Restraint and Excess in Dress’ Exhibition in Florence 2016, and collaborated on special projects with London DJ Princess Julia on costumes. In the past accolades have included ‘Raffles Design Institution First Year Scholarship’ (2010), ‘The top 15 Designer forTomorrow Award’ (2015).
Studying at United States strengthened my determination to establish personal clothing brand style. In order to become a modern designer of international standards, I must broaden my horizons and get exposure to the broader globalized apparel market and technique to enrich and enhance my overall professionalism.
The expertise would be best utilized in operational practice and reinforced my determination to dedicate my career to fashion design, especially the design of high commercial-value clothing.
Describe your signature trait…
Rong Zhang is a Chinese Womenswear Fashion Designer. Her collection is defined by its artistic fusion of craftsmanship, modern femininity, and youth culture influences with a sense of refined ease.
Inspiration drawn from contemporary art, subculture is combined with an emphasis on tailoring and the manipulation of fabrics. Balanced between tradition and modernity, harmony and contradiction, Rong’s collection creates thought-provoking silhouettes through breaking the garment stereotype.
What I am currently working on…
Currently, Rong has been studying the Master Fashion Design Degree in School of the Art Institute of Chicago and working as the Teaching Assistant in School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Rong will move to NYC after Graduation to start her brand ‘Rong Zhang Studio’.
My best advice to an aspiring Midwest fashion designer/photographer/blogger/model…
Experiment, but always think about the details.