Hey! Sorry its been ages since I've updated- I've been busy starting my internship and doing other University-student-on-summer-holiday things and I promise I'll be more consistent once things start settling down!
For this month, I've been doing a lot of research on designers for my internships and I came across one that I LOVE. Her name is Yiqing Yin and she's not only incredibly talented, but also incredibly beautiful... everything you'd look for in a designer.
Share any new designers with me? Loves loves xx
Yin’s designs are just as complex as her heritage. Like her heritage, Yin’s designs depict an intricate backstory, and her numerous accolades and success in the haute couture scene since her recent arrival have been proof of that. She carries her artistic direction of creating a show wherever she goes into real life—her entrance into the creative world was dramatically successful; her first collection in 2010 earned her the Grand Prize of Creation from the City of Paris and an Andam Prize for first collections, and were later displayed at the Théâtre national de Chaillot and the French Ministry of Culture. Her second collection seduced the haute couture world and was invited to join the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture—where fashion powerhouses like Chanel and Givenchy have dominated for generations. But her theatrical rise to fame isn’t surprising, if one analyses her dedication and the scientific method to which she approaches her work.
Taking design directions from convoluted patterns such as animal skeletons and the human anatomy, she works them indirectly into her the architecture behind her creations. Her designs are a paradox—nature inspired garments embellished with medical gauze as an example—but are reminiscent of her speciality in creating structure out of the traditionally malleable, to redefine the use of materials in design by marrying the usage of traditional materials and innovate ones.
By approaching the female body through a woman’s silhouette to create a “second skin”, she aims to foster a relationship between the clothes and the wearer, and to empower both. In understanding and respecting the effort and experience that goes into creating haute-couture, Yin has innovated and redefined the meaning and face of haute-couture for modern audiences. And perhaps this is why her designs have been successful on and off the runway—she celebrates the complexity of women through her clothing and gives that complexity a different kind of grace.