China is Booming, and so Are the Top Eight Chinese Designers
Chinese designers are fighting for a place in China’s ever-evolving fashion landscape. We have eight of the most influential designers in China who are doing everything from dressing celebrities to winning national awards.
Qiu Hao – A graduate of St. Martin’s College in London and 2008’s winner of the prestigious Woolmark Prize, low-profile Qiu Hao has solidified his reputation in the fashion world with his avant-garde women’s apparel.
Xander Zhou – He describes the Xander Zhou man as “someone who likes to dress to impress, with an eye for detail, his aesthetic is dark, smart and seductive, with a punk gothic twist.” In 2008, Zhou was voted Designer of the Year by Esquire China.
Jenny Ji – Founder of ready-to-wear line La Vie, Jenny Ji’s design is influenced by Chinese traditions with a modern twist, which represents a lifestyle pursuit of many modern Chinese women.
Guo Pei - Her evening dresses are worned by celebrities. At the annual Central China Television (CCTV) New Year’s Gala, hosts and performers wear Guo’s designs. She was also the designer behind the ceremonial dresses in the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Lu Kun – Lu Kun saw his career take off after being selected the Best Young Designer of 2004 by the Shanghai Fashion Federation. Lu, on a mission to revamp the world’s misconceptions of Chinese fashion, presents a modern and fresh Chinese style that is designed for today’s trend conscious people.
Ma Ke – The fabulous designer behind eco design label Exception, Ma Ke aims to be environmentally stylish, using natural materials such as cotton and linen. As a result of her aesthetics and philosophy, Exception is at the forefront of 21st century Chinese fashion with a look that is fresh and modern.
Lu Min - Chief designer for Studio P.I., which is one of the most cutting-edge independent design labels in all of China with a growing popularity abroad. The company fuses edgy urban, blurring the lines of male and female. “We design clothes with a unisex style which come across feminist,” says Lu Min.
Judy Hua – With her boutiques in some of the most fashionable venues in Shanghai, this Chinese indie designer is a force in Shanghai’s independent design scene. Her haute couture dresses have captured the hearts of Shanghai socialites while her ready-to-wear line is often seen in fashion magazines.
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