Friday 26th August 2016

Yang Du

Chinese fashion designer Yang Du gave us a little insight into her wild, wonderful and humorous world of design! Du refers to her clothes as “fun, sexy and relaxed”, I couldn’t agree more. I can not wait to get my hands onto one of her wonderful owl back-packs, they are right at the top of my never-ending wish list. Her show and the fact there was dancing in it just sets her in another league within the fashion set, there seems to be no danger whatsoever of her taking herself too seriously which is so refreshing! I love the sense of FUN that her clothes portray…

What do you do and how did you get there? I am fashion designer based in London. I move to the UK 10 years ago and completed a BA in Fashion Print and an MA in Fashion Womenswear, both at Central Saint Martins. I then work for Vivienne Westwood, Giles Deacon and John Galliano before deciding to go solo. [Thank god she did!!!!!]

[Yang Du wearing one of her own designs.]

I see from your works animals inspire you. What would you be if you were an animal? A red Horse

What are the 5 best things about living in London? Meeting interesting people, the weather – when the sun shine’s in London it is the best place to be. Galleries and museums. Libraries Vintage Markets. Creative air and freedom

What can we expect from you next? I am working on feature film Open My Eyes Close My Eyes I See You at the Dancing Brave Picture(British Independent film production company) as Art Direction and Stylist, we start shooting in Feb at Geneva, will carry on shooting soon in May in Berlin and London.

What are your current obsessions? Lots of sleep

Could you describe your design process? -I start from inspiration, it could be a story, people I met, a place I travelling to.  I will then start working on the images and photographs I collect from various background references with drawings and materials. I do a lot of visual research in the library. I then start working on the pattern, finding the best technique to translate my idea from sketches to reality.

Are you a hot or cold person? Beach or skiing? I think I am more hot then cold?! On the Crazy side really.

What is your favorite fruit? I love fruit, I can just eat them day and night without anything else, my favorite one is hard to choose, but I do love watermelon.

If you could choose any 4 animals to live in your house, what would they be? A puppy, a Giraffe,a Panda, and a Horse.

Whats the silliest thing you’ve ever done? Trying to be clever.

What are you favorite art/fashion books? I often go to the book store at various art galleries at least once a week. I have series obsessions of owning books which I love, I guess I have an obsession to have of everything that I love. Thankfully I have a very strange taste and I love little things that are different.

Where/from whom do you get your inspiration? I get my inspiration from everywhere really, people, travelling, film…stories I like to share…

Who do you most admire? Franco Moschino

Best advice you’ve been given? Be yourself.

What is this seasons must have? Yang Du Owl i-pad backpack.

Your going to a desert island. What 3 things do you take with you? Sunglasses, water, Yang Du Hippo Bag for my treasures hurting(I am the biggest collector of rubbish according to my Mum.)

What is the most fun you’ve ever had? Travelling the world.



YANG DU / AW12 from On|Off TV on Vimeo.

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