Huishan Zhang is embarrassed that his first fashion design was a pair of “glittery cowboy-style trousers”.
The designer is one of fashion’s new kids on the block and has impressed with his blend of east and west aesthetics. While he’s having praise heaped on him at the moment, some of his earlier creations left a little to be desired.
“The first thing I ever made was a pair of glittery cowboy-style trousers which, thinking back, were horrible! But I still have them today as a fun memory,” he laughed to vogue.co.uk.
Huishan went to the prestigious Central Saint Martins and graduated in 2010. His collections are already being stocked by many big name stores such as Browns and he won the Dorchester Fashion Collection Prize this year. The accolade saw him given £25,000 to aide his business and be offered mentoring from undisclosed members of the industry.
“I’ve had lots of highlights so far, they are all special to me. The real highlights though are when I see real women wearing my clothes,” the designer said.
Huishan chose to study at Central Saint Martins because of his admiration for its previous students John Galliano and Lee ‘Alexander’ McQueen. His passion and drive got him noticed by bosses at Christian Dior and he was asked to work in the company’s couture atelier for a year.
“Dior was a wonderful experience. I learnt a lot. I made sure while I was there I touched every couture garment that passed in front of my eyes,” he laughed.
“I want my clothes to celebrate femininity, sophistication and craftsmanship. These are the timeless values that I believe in.”
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