What do you want people to know about your graduation project?
I started this year knowing that I wanted my graduate collection to distort typical fashion display boundaries - I wanted to explore the diverse environments in which I can place my work.
I have analysed how memories since the Chinese Cultural Revolution (1966-1976) have passed through three generations of my family and considered how they can be preserved within clothing, bringing them to the present in a tangible way.
To work directly with these memories, I collected items of clothing from my family’s history, including clothes that I wore as a toddler. I then experimented with how details such as silhouette, colour, and fastenings from these memory garments can be creatively modified, to form a personal curated ‘walking archive’ exhibition.
What or who is your inspiration and why is following this route important to you?
I think that because I grew up in a musical and artistic household, I’m inherently drawn to creating clothing that crosses exhibition, display, and commercial situations. I look to creatives that similarly warp distinctions and meld borders for inspiration: questioning standard modes of practice, leading innovation whilst celebrating tradition. This crucially forms appreciation for clothing that has both a life before and after its construction. I think that in order to move with momentum in the present, we should address the past and future that flanks us on either side.
What has been your favourite thing about ECA and Edinburgh?
I will always remember ECA as being a connecting space, where I felt encouraged to experiment and explore both within and beyond my own discipline.
I feel extremely fortunate to have worked with and around so many other talented creatives, who have undoubtedly inspired me – we have encouraged each other to remain motivated, determined, and always strive to realise our aspirations. I will cherish my time living and learning in Edinburgh; forming friendships, memories, and experiences that will always be carried with me, wherever I go!
What are your hopes for life after ECA? Do you have any plans?
I hope to work within the fashion industry as soon as possible, furthering my knowledge and understanding through experience. I would also love to complete an MA in Fashion in the near future, as I still have so much that I want to personally explore and push within my own practice. Hopefully this would also provide me with a chance to create a graduating collection (as normal)!
Is there anything you’d like to share about your experience studying here?
Studying Fashion at ECA has left me with an expansive pool of skills and an optimistic, constructive, perspective. As a small year group in our department, we have been provided with time and space so that each student can take the maximum from our degrees, gaining a range of transferable skills to enter the fashion industry with.
I have felt continuously supported by the department with their advice and guidance, throughout the alterations and adjustments that have had to occur in response to the pandemic. The course has adapted with our interests in mind, to ensure that we still have a sturdy platform to lift off from.