What I love about fashion design is how it can define you as a person. The colour you choose, the silhouette you make, and the texture of the fabric, they all combine to tell others what kind of person you are. when I think about the motivation to continue study in Central Saint Martins for further study in BA fashion or specifically Fashion Design with Marketing is that I immerse in the study environments here for fashion.
To me fashion is communication. I started keeping my eyes on streetwear and fashion, was the time I first study abroad in Vancouver, I wasn’t buying anything at that point, more just enjoying what young people were wearing on street. It was cool to see how people were talking and relating so much to each other over clothes. I never truly realize that before. I thought people just wore clothes and enjoyed it for themselves, but it really is a global community. That’s when I really started seeing the culture behind it and not just like the clothes, because you see so many people dressed in the same way or the others on the street and then you see people dress in fashion, they just stand out, everyone’s in it together, enjoying their time, make friends, sometimes makes me feel I’m part of it, just because of the clothes and the culture behind it, that’s how powerful fashion could be.
I was very into streetwear, and still, I got some interest to wear those streetwear pieces, got into streetwear fashion and that’s sort of where the interested started for clothing and fashion. I’m just very in it like the design perspective. I’ve always been interesting in cutting things up, fabric, and experimenting, re-constructing things to work better together. I think it’s really important when you’re designing clothes to make something different that’s not been done before, If you’re describing clothes as an art form, no one wants to see the same thing again and again. You have to do a new design or catch people’s eyes and make the clothes interesting, and the audience would actually spend their time to look at your works. There are numerous designers that I admire, sometimes my preference changes when each new season comes out. One of my favourite designer Helmut Lang, the 80s-00s Helmut Lang he was the first man to bring streetwear style and military style in clothes. His vision in fashion was very prophetic, his design in the 90s, such as the bomber jacket and strap harness elements, the industrial minimalist that he creates.
My sketching process involves a huge number of images, many mixed media, I like to do collages, like watercolours, crayons. It’s a real reflection of what my mind looks like. The sketching process for me is really a major step between just ideas and kind of this fantasy world that I’ve created in my mind to real functional wearable pieces. Fabric sourcing is one of my favourite things to do. It’s really like a group activity, like meet a couple of friends, and we’ll just go to explore the city, get inspired. The fabric stores are one of the places that you go in with one idea and one concept, and you come out with like hundreds more. The draping process is also my love, on the silhouette developing steps, unpredictable thought comes up of my mind base on some of the previous research I did, and it leads to better ideas and more creativeness.
For the FDM degree program I am applying for, I believe that I am qualified in theory and experience. I have developed the foundation of art and design. At the same time, I like to meet new challenges and aim at new heights. I am soberly aware that I will meet many difficulties when studying abroad. On the one hand, I have to learn a lot of difficult courses, on the other hand, I’m very delightful to face fierce competition with a future schoolmate. There will definitely much pressure. But I am very optimistic because my inner quality will help me win. I further believe that experiences that have experienced great difficulties will bring me lifelong benefits because it will strengthen my strong