THE SHAPE OF FASHION'S FUTURE

THE SHAPE OF FASHION’S FUTURE

This could very well be the shape of fashion to come. These are the creations of young, up and merging designer ZONG PENG; established designer SON JONG BONG and the legendary ISSEY MIYAKE. This wave of fashion is certainly taking on a shape of it’s own, as streetstyle and unusual layering becoming more popular. The buzz surrounding the upcoming Comme des Garcon exhibition at the MET Costume Institute next month has perked a renewed interest in the whole concept of `unfashioning fashion.’ REI KAWAKUBO designer, founder and CEO of Commes des Garcon has made a name for herself, her brand and a cult following by pushing the boundaries of unconventional fashion. She has abandoned the conventional notions of attractiveness as the nucleus of her creations. Her usually dark, droopy looking, asymmetric cut clothing is big on drapery and layering. She was one of the key designers who pushed the whole deconstruction movement in fashion, which has blossomed today unto a new fashion plateau that celebrates art as opposed to wearability. Kawakubo was noted as saying that her rattling the conventional ideas of fashion, is just the future of the silhouette; a way of expressing the notion of unfabric.

 

THE SHAPE OF FASHION’S FUTURE

The creations of designer Zong Peng on NY Fashion Week runway.

 

Kawakubo may have started the trend but other designers have followed, successfully building brands on mocking conventional fashion. One such `newbie’ is Zong Peng, who was born in China and moved to Vancouver when he was 10 years old. He discovered K-pop in high school, which inspired him to turn his love of clothing into an obsession to bring his ideas to life. He graduated from The Art Institute, a system of over 50 schools in North America which provide creative education in the fields of design, media arts, fashion and culinary arts. The staff of Art Institutes believe creativity in more than a word, it’s what drives them to foster and facilitate an inspiring community of creative thinkers and doers. This institution of higher learning, strive on instruction, mentorship, opportunity and technology, that students need to bring their creative ideas to life in new and exciting ways. The Art Institutes challenge and guide students to learn what they love to do for life. It was in this environment that young Zong Peng blossomed as a fashion designer. For his graduating fashion show, presented during New York Fashion Week, few seasons ago, the talented designer said he wanted to capture the joys of discovering something exhilarating – like a child experiencing something for the first time. He used images and colors from the playground and manipulated them graphically.

 

THE SHAPE OF FASHION’S FUTURE

The creations of designer Zong Peng on NY Fashion Week runway.

“We are living in a world where we have the freedom to wear whatever we want, and, I am grateful for that.” said Zong Peng. “I want to push my ideas to the limit to create something celebrating that freedom.” For the bold collection shown on these pages, Zong Peng arrived at the three dimension aspect of his collection by drawing circles and rectangles to create the silhouette for his garments. His sketches reflected the singular vision and approach this young mind wanted to capture. The final product were these futuristic garments – a welcome treat on the New York Fashion Week runways. He showcased alongside twelve other graduating students, needless to say his work stood out from the best of the rest. Zong Peng is definitely on his way to becoming a new fashion voice that cries out for wearable art as opposed to conventional fashion. He’s following in the footsteps of those designers who have been able to created the balance of art and fashion, not following the notion of total wearability and popular trends, but creating a shape and structure that’s all their own.

 

THE SHAPE OF FASHION’S FUTURE

Issey Miyake creation on display during the MET fashion exhibit last year

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