Designer Spotlight: Qiu Hao

August 24, 2012

by Gracia Ventus

For the past few months I have been harping on and on about the works of Japanese designers, from Junya to Yohji, from Rei to Issey, but it is about time Chinese designers are getting a bit of credit in the global fashion spotlight. Honestly speaking, the current image that Chinese fashion is projecting is rather bleak. Known for the biggest source of counterfeiters and producer of cheap, low-quality goods, it’s not exactly the first place we think of when talking about high fashion. This article on WSJ highlights the current consumer behaviour in China, notably about paper bags from luxury stores. That’s how important luxury brands are as status symbols, which is not surprising since that was how Japan behaved when the country started getting richer. Apparently it’s called the 1980s syndrome, the period when materialism began its acceleration after leaving a decade of hippies and threats of nuclear war.

However, like any other society, the crassness is bound to make way for sophistication. Give it another couple of years the LV and Gucci monograms will be seen as outdated, like how they are perceived in most of the Western world now. Not only that, there is an increasing number of East Asian designers who are graduates of Central St. Martens, FIT and Parsons. Their names have been gaining international recognitions and you can even find some of their works stocked in European boutiques.

Some of you, my well-informed readers, would have come across Qiu Hao, whose works have been making their rounds across the blogsphere. Nevertheless I made a compilation of images I’ve found all over the Interwebs just so we can all appreciate some gorgeous photos.

Creating a tall and lean silhouette, Qiu Hao showed much restraint in his minimalist approach. One could only wish to be able to see in person what appears to be luxurious silk, wool and leather, let alone touch the garments. While Qiu Hao himself did not divulge his inspirations, I couldn’t help but notice that there are hints of Rick Owens and Haider Ackermann. For the moment Qiu Hao’s magnificent works are only available in his Shanghai store, so you know who to see if you should ever make your way over to Shanghai.

Trufax: He switched discipline from interior design to fashion design, completing his MA in the renowned Central St. Martens.


5 thoughts on “Designer Spotlight: Qiu Hao

  • inkarlcerating

    by inkarlcerating on August 25, 2012 at 11:20 am

    i love the hyper fluidity of her dresses!! i only have extreme love for it!

  • A La Mode

    by A La Mode on August 25, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    The lookbook imagery is so beautiful, it’s impossible not to fall in love with the clean-ness of it all.

  • Semicosmic

    by Semicosmic on August 25, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    These are all fantastic, that second shot is absolutely stunning.

  • Alicia – Sea Of Ghosts

    by Alicia - Sea Of Ghosts on August 27, 2012 at 9:55 am

    Extraordinarily beautiful work! I had seen these images around but never credited – thank you so much for compiling them and sharing! x

  • Lucinda

    by Lucinda on September 4, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    The structured volume in his work is breathtaking. I see the influences too but also so much promise.


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