RONG ZHANG

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About RONG ZHANG

Rong Zhang is a Chinese Womenswear Fashion Designer. Her collection is defined by its artistic fusion of craftsmanship, modern femininity, and youth culture influences with a sense of refined ease. Inspiration drawn from contemporary art, subculture is combined with an emphasis on tailoring and the manipulation of fabrics. Balanced between tradition and modernity, harmony and contradiction, Rong creates thought-provoking silhouettes through breaking the garment stereotype. Rong Zhang received her Bachelor degree in Womenwear from London Collage of Fashion in 2015. Using rich and geometrical patterns, the art of folding, creating volume through construction, Rong’s undergraduate collection has been featured in leading publications such as Vogue. Currently, Rong graduated from the Master Fashion Design Degree in School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

  • 2-Time Winner of Fashion Design Award.
  • Specialized in Fashion Design.
  • 2 Featured Original Designs.
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Traces Womenswear Collection

Traces Womenswear Collection

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Above the Cloud Womenswear Collection

Above the Cloud Womenswear Collection

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Interview with RONG ZHANG

Could you please tell us more about your art and design background? What made you become an artist/designer? Have you always wanted to be a designer?
Under the influence of my parents, who engage in trading children clothing, I have grown up with an unyielding interest in clothing color and fabric. I often painted the sketches of costumes in my imagination and sewed clothes for baby dolls. I steadfastly insist that clothes are alive in the hands of the owner's personality and designer’s ideas. After graduating from high school, I believed in my enduring passion in fashion design and strong spatial imagination. Therefore, I decided to give up the study of science and decided to get into costume design profession.
Can you tell us more about your company / design studio?
I am a Chinese Womenswear Fashion Designer. My collection is defined by its artistic fusion of craftsmanship, modern femininity, and youth culture influences with a sense of refined ease.Balanced between tradition and modernity, harmony and contradiction, I creates thought-provoking silhouettes through breaking the garment stereotype. I received her Bachelor degree in Womenwear from London Collage of Fashion in 2015. Using rich and geometrical patterns, the art of folding, creating volume through construction, My undergraduate collection has been featured in leading publications such as Vogue. For the intricately crafted, multi-layered garments and explorations into digital printing, digital embroidery and weaving techniques, my collections has been selected for ‘The Chinese Festival’ Exhibition in London V&A Museum 2013, ‘1ndependent15’ Design Show in London 2015 and ‘The Costume Colloquium V-Restraint and Excess in Dress’ Exhibition in Florence 2016, ‘Midwest Fashion Week 2017’and ‘FashionX Runway Austin 2017’. In the past accolades have included ‘Raffles Design Institution First Year Scholarship’ (2010), ‘The top 15 Designer for Tomorrow Award’ (2015).
What is your most favorite design, could you please tell more about it?
Vivienne Westwood's fashion. Her distinctive style of work, the control over the entire design and selection of good ideas greatly impressed me. It also taught me how to judge the beauty of a design through the mix of a clear concept and different clothing items combination.
What is your favorite material / platform / technology?
I like playing with different fabric and fine art materials. I have use acrylic to transform the paper pattern into acrylic pattern for part of material in my fashion collection, which is interesting.
Which aspects of a design do you focus more during designing?
the shape and construction, and the interesting way to play around texture
What kind of emotions do you feel when your designs are realized?
Sense of accomplishment but stressful, since the designs still can be improved and better.
How do you think the "design field" is evolving? What is the future of design?
the emerging of design will get faster, and connect with digital world
When was your last exhibition and where was it? And when do you want to hold your next exhibition?
SAIC Design Show,chicagoI plan to attend an exhibition at China in 2018.
Where does the design inspiration for your works come from? How do you feed your creativity? What are your sources of inspirations?
Inspiration drawn from contemporary art, subculture is combined with an emphasis on tailoring and the manipulation of fabrics. Balanced between tradition and modernity, harmony and contradiction, I am interesting to create thought-provoking silhouettes through breaking the garment stereotype.
How would you describe your design style? What made you explore more this style and what are the main characteristics of your style? What's your approach to design?
An artistic fusion of craftsmanship, modern femininity, and youth culture influences with a sense of refined ease.
Where do you live? Do you feel the cultural heritage of your country affects your designs? What are the pros and cons during designing as a result of living in your country?
I am born in China, the eastern culture has affected my design a lot, like the Chinese embroidery, costume and fabric. The traditional cultures of China has inspired my design and techniques, since I study fashion design at UK and US, which extend my vision.
How do you work with companies?
I am doing design and development for fashion companies. At free time, I am working as a fashion design teacher to help student on portfolio and techniques.
Can you talk a little about your design process?
depends on each collection. Some collections I start with researching, but some collections I start with draping or sketching. Then transform 2D ideas into 3D
Do you have any works-in-progress being designed that you would like to talk about?
The ideology of my latest is that when you erase the traces, you destroy beauty. Luck and Misfortune comes in turn. The things you experienced, no matter good or bad, they are part of your body.The starting point came from experimenting with Waving Textile and Bias Fabric Manipulation. Initially focused on making a garment installation, I waved the colorful elastic bands on the netting fabric, and transformed the 3D waving fabric into 2D digital printing. Moving on, I used digital printing images to develop new shapes and different fabric manipulation like the layering organza, the pearling edge georgette.
How can people contact you?
Email: rzhangvivia@gmail.comInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/rongzhang_fashion/Linkedin:https://www.linkedin.com/in/rong-zhang-679373115/

Extended Interview with RONG ZHANG

Could you please tell us a bit about your design background and education?
I am a Chinese Womenswear Fashion Designer. My collection is defined by its artistic fusion of craftsmanship, modern femininity, and youth culture influences with a sense of refined ease.Balanced between tradition and modernity, harmony and contradiction, I creates thought-provoking silhouettes through breaking the garment stereotype. I received her Bachelor degree in Womenwear from London Collage of Fashion in 2015. Using rich and geometrical patterns, the art of folding, creating volume through construction, My undergraduate collection has been featured in leading publications such as Vogue. For the intricately crafted, multi-layered garments and explorations into digital printing, digital embroidery and weaving techniques, my collections has been selected for ‘The Chinese Festival’ Exhibition in London V&A Museum 2013, ‘1ndependent15’ Design Show in London 2015 and ‘The Costume Colloquium V-Restraint and Excess in Dress’ Exhibition in Florence 2016, ‘Midwest Fashion Week 2017’and ‘FashionX Runway Austin 2017’. In the past accolades have included ‘Raffles Design Institution First Year Scholarship’ (2010), ‘The top 15 Designer for Tomorrow Award’ (2015).
What motivates you to design in general, why did you become a designer?
Under the influence of my parents, who engage in trading children clothing, I have grown up with an unyielding interest in clothing color and fabric. I often painted the sketches of costumes in my imagination and sewed clothes for baby dolls. I steadfastly insist that clothes are alive in the hands of the owner's personality and designer’s ideas. After graduating from high school, I believed in my enduring passion in fashion design and strong spatial imagination. Therefore, I decided to give up the study of science and decided to get into costume design profession.
Did you choose to become a designer, or you were forced to become one?
I love fashion design and become a designer followed with my heart
What is your secret recipe of success in design, what is your secret ingredient?
keep updating and improving my design, like materials and researching
Who are some other design masters and legends you get inspired from?
Susan Hefuna, her artworks of sketches and constructions has inspired the texture in my fashion collection
What are your favorite designs by other designers, why do you like them?
Vivienne Westwood. Her distinctive style of work, the control over the entire design and selection of good ideas greatly impressed me. It also taught me how to judge the beauty of a design through the mix of a clear concept and different clothing items combination.
What is your greatest design, which aspects of that design makes you think it is great?
The latest collection 'Traces', I challenged different fabric manipulation like the layering organza, the pearling edge georgette. Finding inspiration from my personal art performance.
What helped you to become a great designer?
mistakes,I made mistakes all the time, and improved myself after.
What’s your next design project, what should we expect from you in future?
I plan to take a break first, and might start some designs for childrenswear.
How does design help create a better society?
Good design make daily life convenient,and make normal staffs unique
Which design projects gave you the most satisfaction, why?
The 'Traces' collection, I made everything all by myself, from researching to finishing. The first garment piece took me 3 month to finish.
What is your favorite color, place, food, season, thing and brand?
yellow, my hometown qingdao, chinese soup, summer, ski, Acne Studio, JW. Anderson
Please tell us a little memoir, a funny thing you had experienced as a designer?
The first design I made is a violin made by milk paper box and threads, when I am 8.
When you were a little child, was it obvious that you would become a great designer?
I never think I will do design, before high school. I thought I will be a doctor like my grandmother.

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