Academy of Art University at #NYFW: Yi Ru Chen, MFA Fashion Design & Jing Qian, MFA Textile Design

yi-ru_chen-designerYi Ru Chen, MFA Fashion Design, was born and raised in Taipei, Taiwan. After completing her BFA in Visual and Media Art, she worked at Bun-Hung jewelry company as a studio assistant, creating jewelry designs and merchandising the showroom. Chen’s collection, in collaboration with Jing Qian, MFA Textile Design, aims to express the changeable and soft feeling of water such as melting forms and streams.

Her fluid silhouettes combine 1920s shapes with minimalist drapes creating relaxed and comfortable garments.

Jing Qian, MFA Textile Design, was born in Suzhou, China, and grew up in Nara, Japan. While studying for her BFA in Illustration, Qian interned at Alexander McQueen. In China, she worked as freelance graphic designer for Bailin Commercial Consulting.

jing_qian-designerFor this collaborative collection with Yi Ru Chen, MFA Fashion Design, Qian designed abstract prints on organic cotton and jersey. Large brush strokes and hand painted giant flowers patterns are printed using eco-friendly pigments.

The collection: (1) Olive and off-white abstract print top and pants (2) Abstract color print bomber jacket with tiered skirt (3) Abstract print drop shoulder top with pants (4) Asymmetric neck abstract print blouse with split skirt (5) Drop shoulder abstract print dress (6) Drop shoulder abstract print top and skirt

Yolanda Chiu, MFA Jewelry and Metal Art created the acrylic eyewear.