Chi­nese de­signer to show linen line in Perth

China Daily (Canada) - - LIFE - By SUN YUANQING sun­yuan­qing@chi­nadaily.com.cn

Chi­nese de­signer Zhang Yichao will present her cre­ations at a show in Perth along with 12 Aus­tralian de­sign­ers later this week.

The show, themed on Chi­nese cul­ture, is or­ga­nized by the China Fash­ion As­so­ci­a­tion and the West Aus­tralia Fash­ion Com­mit­tee as part of Spring Fes­ti­val celebrations Down Un­der.

The Chi­nese fo­rum aims to show­case the cul­ture and abroad.

“We want for­eign­ers to know about China and Chi­nese fash­ion. We hope more Chi­nese brands will make their ap­pear­ance world­wide,” says Yang Jian, vice-pres­i­dent of the China Fash­ion As­so­ci­a­tion.

Chi­nese de­sign­ers are ex­pected to in­cor­po­rate Chi­nese el­e­ments in the clothes they make and have a stan­dard for man­u­fac­tur­ing, he coun­try’s de­sign­ers says of the se­lec­tion.

The Chi­nese and Aus­tralian fash­ion as­so­ci­a­tions will also col­lab­o­rate in the fu­ture on ex­change pro­grams, train­ing and en­trepreneur­ship guid­ance, Yang says.

Zhang, who owns the brand Rongchang Xi­abu, high­lights Chi­nese linen, or xi­abu, in her clothes. While the coun­try is mostly known for silk, the de­signer says linen is just as im­por­tant in Chi­nese cul­ture. cri­te­ria for their

In 2016, she pre­sented gowns, cock­tail dresses and ca­sual wear — all made from the fab­ric in red, pur­ple and green — at the China Fash­ion Week.

“Our her­itage is be­ing hurt by mass pro­duc­tion. True crafts­man­ship can be no­ticed only among a small group of peo­ple. But that is where our true wealth is,” Zhang says.

She blends silk and bro­cade to cre­ate a fash­ion­able and glam­orous look.

Zhang also takes in­spi­ra­tion from Chi­nese paint­ings, em­broi­dery and pa­per art.

As a de­signer, she is best known for her use of color.

She is the ex­ec­u­tive­mem­ber of the fash­ion art com­mit­tee of China Fash­ion As­so­ci­a­tion, and won the 9th China Top Ten Fash­ion De­sign­ers Award and the China Best Wom­enswear De­sign Award of the Year in 2003.

She has also been the art di­rec­tor of the Chongqing In­ter­na­tional Fash­ion Week for the past three years.

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