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China Institute hosts first fashion show of its kind

By Sara Ehlers


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China Institute just announced the finalists for its Fashion Design Competition. As the first-ever competition of its kind, the institute is highlighting and rewarding emerging designers inspired by China's culture and aesthetics in contemporary global design.

From a selected curated panel, the board will consist of judges: Bil Donovan, Dior's artist-in-residence and fashion illustrator; Hazel Clark, professor of design studies and Chair of Fashion at Parsons School of Design; Lyn Slater, cultural influencer, model, writer, professor at Fordham University and founder of the "Accidental Icon" blog; Peter Som, the inspirational designer and fashion consultant; and Karen Van Godtsenhoven, associate curator of the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute.

China Institute announces 11 finalists for fashion show

The finalists will have a change to win a 10,000 dollars cash prize and will show their collections at the China Institute Fashion Show. The selected few will have to create a capsule collection based on their submitted designs. Each finalist will have a fashion designer and professor David Leung helping along to prepare for the show.

The finalists were chosen from all over based on their technical design details, material swatches, illustrations, and their collection proposal. These submissions also included a written concept on how their designs were inspired by China. The finalists include Guanyu Chen, Atlanta, GA; Karen Heshi, New York, NY; Shenyue Huang, Atlanta, GA; Zirui Huang, New York, NY; Anqi Jiang, New York, NY; Olga Lukianenko, Krakow, Poland; Mia Rubin, New York, NY; Chu Wang, Savannah, GA; Tiantian Wang, New York, NY; Shalyn Webber, Savannah, GA; and Yanting & Yanchen Yao, New York, NY.

The show will take place April 16, 2018 at the China Institute Fashion Show. As the first fashion show if its kind, this show could end up proving to be a promising venture for aspiring fashion students.

Photo Source: China Institute / chinainstitute.org

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