Shanghai — Two fashion designers, Hera Zhou and Tingyue Jiang, with links to Shanghai, are exhibiting in an exhibition in California, USA. The exhibition, Blurred Boundaries: Fashion as an Art opens at the Annex of the GraySpace Gallery in Santa Barbara, California, in the United States of America on 21 September and runs through 11 November 2018. Featuring new work by the young fashion designers Tingyue Jiang and Hera Zhou, the exhibition is curated by Rhonda P. Hill, a North American fashion curator and founder of EDGExpo, a fashion intelligence website and project for assisting up and coming fashion designers who exhibit a high level of design excellence and ecological integrity. Hera Zhou was born in Shanghai, while Tingyue Jiang is a native of nearby Hangzhou.
Hera Zhou is exhibiting pieces she developed during a masterclass program at the Arts of Fashion Foundation of the Louvre’s Museum of Decorative Arts in Paris, France. The work features feathers, exquisite pleating, and sophisticated production techniques that previously had been considered impossible by some fashion experts.
Tingyue Jiang has a Master of Fine Arts [MFA] from Parsons School of Design in New York City and is exhibiting designs based on his deconstruction of standard pattern cutting. The pattern is then reconstructed to drape the body in a new manner with references to broken stitching, torn fabric, and the beauty of other accidents in the production process that would be considered mistakes in a normal production setting.
The curator, Rhonda P. Hill is the founder of EDGE and Edgexpo.com, a fashion intelligence online forum and has been a longtime proponent of sustainable practices in the fashion industry throughout the entire product cycle. EDGE encourages and assists young designers who exemplify EDGE aesthetics, business ethics, and sustainable practice.