We are sure that ome of you never hear about Uma Wang. But from today, you have to remember this name, because the brand now become more and more international. This talented women is also the first Chinese fashion designer who present her collection in Milano during the fashion week. Before launching her eponymous label in 2005 in London, Uma Wang studied her craft at China Textile University in Shanghai, and London’s Central Saint Martins, respectively, but her real education came when an early employer sent her to “a knitting factory”, as she calls it, to learn the ins & outs of the knitwear trade through a rigorous, almost labor camp-like experience.
She reveals “I was living in the factory for a while. It wasn’t a very nice place and working long hours every day..”, but immediately follows the recollection with a statement of gratitude: “When I look back, this was one of the most important periods in my life and I treasure it.” She also designed for Chinese labels for 10 years, where she developed her signature knitting techniquesanddefined her own style and aesthetic.
A sense of whimsy underscores even the boldest, simplest silhouettes – and a keen eye for turning unlikely fabric combinations into textural landscapes that manage to communicate both strength and fragility in the same breath is where she excels.
Working primarily in top-grade cashmere yarns and other such high-end materials sourced from various textile fairs around the world is another point of difference.
All work is done in-house at the designer’s Xintiandi district atelier in Shanghai, where a single piece may take several days to complete. China has yet to shake its stereotype for poor quality/fast turnaround fashion, and Wang seems determined to change that.
After last month’s win of Audi’s Progressive Designer Award for 2011, all bets are on Wang to become China’s first major fashion designer of international caliber. If the success of last year’s award recipient, Phillip Lim, offers up any clues, get ready to start hearing – and seeing – a lot more from this incredibly talented designer.
Since launching the brand, Uma Wang has received critical acclaim for her shows and presentations in Shanghai,London,Paris, and Milan. She has become a leader in the Chinese fashion industry by consistently producing high-quality products and collections that always balance fashion with functionality.
Uma Wang is particularly skilled in mixing and matching different fabrics and textures to create simple but strong garments with subtle detailing, and it is these unique abilities that has positioned her to become the first internationally successful Chinese designer.For more information we invite you to visit also the link below.