Bao Bao Wan

Hong Kong Tatler - - Trends -

The grand­daugh­ter of Main­land China’s for­mer vice-premier, the late Wan Li, Bao Bao Wan grew up in and around the Im­pe­rial Palace in Bei­jing be­fore mov­ing to New York to study at age 16. Strong-minded and in­de­pen­dent, she de­cided to take up pho­tog­ra­phy at the pri­vate lib­eral-arts in­sti­tu­tion Sarah Lawrence Col­lege, known for pro­duc­ing in­de­pen­dent thinkers such as Yoko Ono, Bar­bara Wal­ters and Grace Pa­ley. It was here that Wan stud­ied un­der famed pho­tog­ra­pher Joel Stern­feld. In­flu­enced by his use of colour and land­scapes, she de­vel­oped a taste for cap­tur­ing re­al­is­tic mo­ments in na­ture, which can now be seen in her jew­ellery cre­ations.

Wan’s pas­sion for de­sign was then fu­elled by a year in Paris, where she found her­self im­mersed in a highly cre­ative en­vi­ron­ment, sur­rounded by artists. Some of her works clearly stem from the city’s ro­man­tic vibe, with her fond­ness for French cul­ture ob­vi­ous in the names she has cho­sen for her col­lec­tions. Her de­but line, L’amour Para­doxal (“The Para­dox of Love”) tells of the love story be­tween a but­ter­fly and a bam­boo stalk. Themes such as La Mai­son de Mon En­fance (“The House of My Child­hood”), which takes the form of pago­das, and Les Feuilles dans le Vent de Pékin (“The Wind in the Leaves of Bei­jing”) are inspired by her ex­pe­ri­ences grow­ing up in Bei­jing.

Af­ter re­ceiv­ing her diploma from the Ge­mo­log­i­cal In­sti­tute of Amer­ica in 2006, Wan re­turned to Main­land China and re­leased her first col­lec­tion in Hong Kong a year later. In 2009, Wan was the youngest de­signer to col­lab­o­rate with diamond brand Forever­mark on its Pre­cious De­sign col­lec­tion with her work “Bao”—a fan­tasy cuff fea­tur­ing 43 carats of di­a­monds. The fol­low­ing year, Wan de­signed the Dragon d’eau col­lec­tion that pre­miered in Paris at the Shin­ing Mo­ments Jew­ellery Show. The Bao Bao Wan fine jew­ellery line, which is sold at Lane Craw­ford, cur­rently fea­tures 10 col­lec­tions hand­crafted in gold, di­a­monds and coloured gem­stones.

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EASTERN PROM­ISE La Brise de la Danse neck­lace and ear­rings in 18K gold with di­a­monds and coloured gems by Bao Bao Wan

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