'FJU Talents' is a platform that showcases emerging designers from Taiwan, this platform is sponsored by the Textile and clothing Department of Fu Jen Catholic University. FJU Talents supports the institute's talent and guides them into the fashion scene. And each year four designers are selected to showcase their work at London Fashion Week.
This year those four are, Shen Chuang, Alison Lai, Yu-Mei Huang and Wei-Yu Hung. The fashion show was striking in their differences of design, but an interesting spectrum of fashion.
Sheng Chuang, a Taiwan based knitwear designer has been awarded the Talented Knitwear Design Prize at China's Graduate Fashion Week 2019. Sheng is inspired by his daily life and transforms his experiences into research on fabrics; the silhouettes of his knitwear conveys his observation of life, a cutting edge approach to knitwear.
Alison Lai has previously showcased her work in China Graduate Fashion Week and Wuhan Fashion Week; receiving prizes such as the Fu Jen Graduate Showcase Competition. Her work is influenced by oriental literature and a combination of East meets West. This latest collections explores the changes in time and trends, whilst connecting the past to the present.
Her mens wear shows a cold steel power, with accompanying drums and electric guitar in the fashion show; the first model carrying a flag to the introduce her collection much like a rebellion.
Yu-Mei Huang has showcased her work at Ningbo International Fashion Fair and was awarded Taiwanese Knitwear Design and Development. Yu-Mei describes her work as ‘bold and funky’ as she plays with colours and three dimensional textures. The collection were bright coloured knitwears that redefined the idea of garment and wearer.
Wei-Yu is a fashion designer who has tried to transfer traditional crafts into modern times to create a more sustainable fashion. He has previously exhibited his work at Mercedes Benz China Fashion Week, Dutch Sustainable Fashion Week, Alibaba Hangzhou Fashion Week and Hong Kong Fashion week. His collection is embroidered with historical impressions and the garments have a minimalistic elegance to them, with many including architectural cut outs.
This fashion show brings these designers to the forefront and highlights the fashion talent from Taiwan in a culturally detailed collection.
Photographer - Georgia Slack
Written by Caroline Louise Hamar.