Fashion Fringe: Q & A with Haizhen Wang

I'm continuing my pursuit of young British design talent with this - the second interview with a 2012 Fashion Fringe finalist. In this instalment designer Haizhen Wang speaks about his design inspirations, offering a sneak peak at sketches for the upcoming catwalk show.

Q: What is the inspiration behind your Fashion Fringe collection?
A: For this collection the inspiration began with the beauty presented through the works of the Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava. The lines and contrasts in light and shapes that are found as a key foundation for his work has played a great part of inspiration for my work. What is also a great part of the development of the collection, is a fascination for Japanese armour and historical costumes. An element of 3D printed design is also something which I have started to experience working with for the first time, will also be incorporated.

Image Credit: © Nilu Izadi for Fashion Fringe

Q: What do you specialise in and where do you find your inspiration?
A: A foundation of all my work is the attention to details and to present impeccable quality from materials to finishing. The woman I create garments for is someone who presents her aesthetics without the traditional boundaries between male and female dress codes.

Read more of the Q&A after the jump

Q: Tell us about your Fashion Fringe journey so far.
A: The Fashion Fringe journey so far has offered me so much, and I am so grateful for this opportunity. We have had the experience of being mentored by some of the top experts in the business, from design to marketing to distribution. What I have got to be part of this summer has given me invaluable insight and new perspectives on things in the business.

Q: What do you hope to achieve in the future?
A: I will continue to work hard to build my label in to a steady and sustainable business. My aim is to expand internationally and within a few years to have established a customer-base in both the East and West.

For more on the history of Fashion Fringe and the individual designer's this year go here.

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