The present, entitled A Date with a Thousand Years, is impressed by the Tang Dynasty of China which existed greater than a thousand years in the past. The palette is drawn from the time - wealthy reds and oranges with photographs of turquoise. A lotus flower motif, a favorite of the dynasty, is redesigned and reinterpreted into the work.
"This sequence is predicated on the analysis outcomes of my doctoral thesis," says Chu Yan, China's first PhD candidate in vogue design.
"The gorgeous picture of the pink gown of the Tang Dynasty, together with the standard pure dyeing methodology, reveals a beautiful but easy, quiet and vigorous oriental aesthetic."
Yan is an affiliate professor on the Beijing Institute of Fashion Know-how. She is displaying at South African Fashion Week with the assist of the Ministry of Tradition of China and the embassy of China in South Africa.
"I am more than happy to have the ability to change concepts with South African vogue designers," she says.
"It is also fascinating for me to perceive extra in regards to the growth of vogue in South Africa, and to introduce the custom of Chinese clothes tradition and its newest developments.
"I hope by this change and my ongoing work that extra folks will perceive Chinese clothes traditions and growth, and develop into extra conscious of Chinese designers and Chinese design manufacturers."
Chu Yan's present shall be adopted by a lecture in Johannesburg as half of vogue week tomorrow, at which she'll current her findings in a discuss entitled A Date with a Thousand Years - the Traditional and Fashion of Chinese Clothes.
Her discuss will promote the appliance and dissemination of Chinese conventional tradition and humanities in fashionable life.
Angela Yeung of Impilo Assortment, a Chinese South African award-successful jewelry designer, will complement Chu Yan's assortment.
"We now have a very related design aesthetic," says Yeung. "I like the Asian parts and reverence for Chinese tradition that's in Chu Yan's philosophy, and I see coming by in her work. It's extremely related to the best way I spotlight my cultural historical past."
"We're obsessive about vogue and the enterprise that may be created from vogue," says South African Fashion Week founder and director Lucilla Booyzen.
"For us, a cross-tradition collaboration is just not solely a information-transferral alternative but in addition a nice publicity generator.
"Our principal goal is constructing manufacturers in South Africa."
• See safashionweek.co.za for a schedule of the week's occasions at Degree 7, Hyde Park Nook, Johannesburg
• This text was initially printed in The Times.