Digital Fashion: The Future Guardian Of The Past
STEPHY FUNG QIPAO III
Qipao was popularised in the 1920s and is characterised by its form-flattering cut and grandiose embroideries. A contemporary take on the Chinese traditional style, this Qipao III by London-based digital fashion designer Stephy Fung, is enriched with a symphony of warm and cool tones. Incorporating a palette reminiscent of a stunning sunset, the short-sleeved one-piece is faced in dark red silk with purple trims while sumptuous embroideries of royal blue blossoms and golden vines can be seen running diagonally down the front to spotlight the feminine curves.
SUN WOO Green dress
The three round disks wrapped around the skirt define this sleeveless dress by Sun Woo. Drawing inspirations from the structures and functionality of portable pop-up tents, the South Korean Central Saint Martins graduate creates a mobile comfort zone that represents temporary security. A similar application of geometric elements can be found in French maestro Pierre Cardin’s ready-to-wear collections. Both geniuses utilise sturdy circular motifs not just to accentuate the figure and its movements, but also to exude a retro-futuristic elegance.
IV & RUZALINA Puffer skirt
Ghanaians and Ivorians share the same custom of hand-printing Adinkra symbols that are considered as talismans embedded with meanings, with a stamp on multi-coloured fabrics. Virtual avatar-human duo, IV & Ruzalina gives the West African apparel a neoteric twist, detailing the wrap skirt with a side slit and with red, white, midnight blue and black puffer panels embellished with a variety of ethnic patterns.
TAYA BORISOVA Malevich code dress blue
Taya Borisova’s Malevich Code repertoire is heavily influenced by the constructivism and abstract artworks of Kazimir Malevich and Vasily Kandinsky. Shaded in primary colours and emboldened with contrasting white accents, the one-sleeve robe is adorned with quadrilateral overlays, a pointed hem as well as with hovering strips of fabric on the shoulder and body to pay tribute to modern technology and our innovative spirit.
DRESSX KIMONO Kimono short - Portrait of a flock of beautiful Japanese red crown crane
DRESSX meticulously crafts this short kimono from top-notch fabric made by prominent Japanese artist Ogata Korin’s family-owned textile store, Kariganeya. Printed with the well-known Portrait of a Flock of Beautiful Japanese Red Crown Crane from the Tokugawa period, the mustard yellow top is decorated with grids and realistic illustrations of mystical cranes, carrying the symbol of happiness, good fortune and eternal youth in the Japanese culture to lend your looks a joyful glow.