with Chan Ho Chi
Hong Kong-based Designer
"The design industry is very tough. I have seen so many schoolmates give up because they couldn't take the pressure. I once thought about giving up because the pressure is really hard to handle for myself. Luckily I didn't."
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When did you start your career as a designer?
I am a fashion design student from Raffles HK who just graduated at the end of 2016.
What inspired you to become a designer?
I decided to become a designer when I was younger, but for no particular reason. Perhaps because I used to think fashion design was about pretty and glamorous gowns, which every little girl would dream of. However, after I took a course three years ago, I realized that fashion design is about much more than that. Fashion design is an art performance and it can be created in many forms other than couture. What I am approaching is more like an avant-garde creation which is more about concept performance.
How would you define your brand?
My label is influenced by avant-garde aesthetics combined with minimalism. The brand's signature is panelling and geometric-inspired design detailing, with lines extending beyond archetypal silhouettes. Constructive fabric manipulation is another attribute of the designs.
How is design or fashion related to our day to day life?
My works are inspired by societal topics, globally and locally. Through my collections, I want to raise social issue awareness. The brand connects with people who relate strongly to the topic.
What is your plan for 2017?
After I graduate, I want to work in an existing company from which I could gain experience and knowledge of how to operate a brand. After 3-5years of experiencing that I would like to continue on my own label.
What advice will you give to people who are interested in becoming a designer?
I hate to say this, but finance is a need. I don't know about others, but studying fashion requires a huge amount of costs in fabrics.
But most importantly is persistence. The design industry is very tough. I have seen so many schoolmates give up because they couldn't take the pressure. I once thought about giving up because the pressure is really hard to handle for myself. Luckily I didn't.
Design is not just about creating products but about connecting an audience with your concept or message through design details. It is more like an art piece you might appreciate.