Steep in history and Chinese culture, the allure of the ancient past paved the foundation to the brand's creations since its establishment in 1978, almost like the haunting call of the beauty from the deep echoes of the Chinese palaces from a far distance, when women adorned in the most finest materials, weaved with embroideries, decadent in intricate details, Shiatzy Chen took this very piece of the history and has mastered the very essence of marrying both the traditions of the Chinese elements with the technology of the Western's craftsmanship over the years. The result is an array of traditional inspired pieces, with a modern interpretation that are both hypnotic and inspiring, in a very expressive way.
We chance upon this Taiwanese fashion brand one fine day as we wondered into the lost world of Starhill. The exhibition space that showcased the pieces specially made for the 35th Anniversary celebration of the brand immediately captured our attention. Once stepped into the gallery, Shiatzy Chen transported us to an ancient mysterious world that is filled with wonders of grand designs, extravagant pieces of jackets and layers of sophistication that we could only be at awed with!
What we have also learnt from the PR manager, as he graciously shown us around, was that Wang Chen Tsai-Hsia (aka Shiatzy Chen) herself is very much a huge proponent of the Chinese culture and its history, implementing as much of the traditional motives into her creations, such as calligraphy inspired designs. Elements like embroidery, Chinese jade and Chinese jackets are among the signature of the brand. She is also one of the only Chinese fashion designer who is responsible for bringing the traditional embroideries of Miao ethnic tribe to the world of fashion, preserving a part of this Chinese mountain tribe's rich artistry that is fast disappearing due to modernization.
These 35 pieces of work of art were carefully designed and hand-made to showcase the brand's evolution and its focus in design, capturing the best of times of Shiatzy Chen. Even though not all the 35 pieces were exhibited there, but we could already get a glimpse of the ancient yet modern fashion world of Shiatzy Chen.
Truly an interesting new discovery that we had previously, we even spotted some really beautiful pieces of dresses and handbags at the boutique, just next door to the exhibition hall. We find the latest Spring/Summer 2015 collection quite intriguing and we are most definitely looking forward to the unveiling of the brand's Fall/Winter 2015 collection, which is right about now, in Paris, actually *_^
Guess who is one of their biggest fan? Karen Mok, the Hong Kong singer! All visuals courtesy of Shiatzy Chen's PR team and the Spring/Summer 2015 collection via model.com here. Explore the wonders of Shiatzy Chen's world of fashion here.
Till our next fashion discovery, have a luminous and happy week!