Hand picked by Delphine Arnault, Executive Vice President of LVMH, and Vogue China’s Angelica Cheung, as one of THE most impressive aspiring Chinese designers, HuiShan has surely made a name for himself.( Be sure to see below for a special glimpse on why HuiShan Zhang is admired as such a talented designer).
During his time as a student, HuiShan was invited by Arnault to spend the third year of his studies working in the fabulous house of Dior. The first half of that year was spent working alongside Delphine herself, in leather goods and the latter was spent in Dior’s Haute Couture atelier, giving Huishan a chance to understand, in a detailed and sophisticated manner, the hidden world of haute couture technique.
Born in China, Huishan Zhang moved to London to study at Central St Martins. It is in Huishan’s experience of western craftsmanship and technique blended with his appreciation for Chinese heritage that allows him to maintain the romantic and ageless philosophy behind his label HUISHAN ZHANG.
Adored by critics at LFW (London Fashion Week), his beautifully embellished gowns gained him The Dorchester Collection Fashion Prize , awarded by an esteemed panel of judges looking for individuality, luxury, style, innovation and craftsmanship. His styles were described as ” a breath of fresh air”, “exciting and young.” London’s V&A museum even selected his couture ‘Dragon Dress‘ as a permanent piece in the T.T. Tsui gallery, making him the first Chinese contemporary fashion designer to receive this honour. AMAZING.
Huishan’s inspirations exist on a very broad scale, balancing between traditional and modern, eastern and western….we’re talking from Zhang DaQian (one of China’s well known traditional artists) to Roy Lichtenstein (An American Pop Artist).
“It’s about mixing these discoveries with my roots, with what I know and love. “- HuiShan Zhang
Many of his designs behold “good symbols” such as a cream on black print with little birds. To a Western girl, this might seem almost like an update on a forties English tea-dress pattern. However, in China, birds symbolize freedom. He placed these birds amongst a type of flowers that only blooms in the winter—implying toughness.
His most recent Spring Summer 2014 collection is inspired by Madame Vionnet and Man Ray meets ancient Chinese mathematics. Man Ray’s photography celebrates the female form and Vionnet’s technique of cutting fabric and smocking, allows for the clothes to sway along with the women’s body. Use of the smocking technique in his collection was also inspired by the heritage of Chinese mathematics, the way patterns of interlocking triangles were used to solve equations. For this collection, he interlocked the lucky number 8-representative of superstition in Chinese culture. His love for the history and design of the cheongsam- a traditional Chinese garb, only further exemplifies his drive to bridge decades and cultures.
“The cheongsam dress is a recurring piece in my collections. I think it embodies everything that is sexy and feminine about the Chinese culture and tradition, yet it remains very adaptable to Western society and easy to embellish with a modern twist each season.” He has described his current and upcoming collection as “confident,” feminine, cultured and elegant. The cheongsam shape encompasses the Chinese spirit, the combination of the sensual and still being hidden.”
His passion for his culture and for those that surround him, have led to the success of his previous, present and soon-to-be collections.
See below link to view all collections
To see an interview hosted by S.E.A International’s Suzy Menkes between Zhang Huishan and Angelica Chueng on his new success
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