May 28, 2008

Wu Yong (Shanghai)

Designer Ma Ke started her first line, Exception de Mixmind, in 1996, inspired by China's long history of craftsmanship. Her second label, Wu Yong, which means "use less" or "useless" depending on the translation, is based on environmental and recycling concerns, and inspired by spiritual exploration. Wu Yong debuted its fall/winter 2007 collection at Paris Fashion Week. The exquisitely crafted line is organic in both form and process, using fabrics that have been buried underground and submerged in a lake, then puffed and layered into voluminous silhouettes. Wu Yong was featured in the Victoria & Albert Museum's Fashion in Motion series earlier this month.

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