NOVEMBER FEATURED INTERVIEW SERIES
As a woman, I have no country. As a woman my country is the
whole world.—— Virgina Woolf
Eastern ideals often usher women to conform to strict gender norms, be subservient to their family and follow European beauty standards. Although we see these general rules shifting and evolving over generations, they still play a significant role in the female asian experience. This month we explore the asian woman's identity, role, and visibility within their own families, societies, and in the West. We interviewed three designers dealing with these issues and making sense of them through their work.
Amy (Mongchi) Chio
Amy Chio is a fashion designer and model based in New York City. She is currently under Kevt Agency and graduated from Parsons with a BFA in 2019.
Sam Santos is a multi-disciplinary artist and fashion designer based in New York City. She recently graduated from Parsons the School of Design with a BFA in Fashion Design and a minor in Photography.
Yayi Chen is a Chinese fashion designer based in New York City. Growing up in both Spain and China she was fortunate to be immersed in the artistic atmosphere of both cultures which heavily ignited her passion towards fine art and fashion design.
To me, the American Dream is being able to follow your own personal calling. To be able to do what you want to do is incredible freedom.—— Maya Lin
JULY FEATURED INTERVIEW SERIES
The American Dream
America, the 'melting pot', has long been known for the "American Dream". People of all races, religions and classes could come to the United States with nothing and follow their capitalistic endeavors; becoming self made, achieving financial success and the freedom to follow your dreams. Through interviews with three American designers, we explore the notion of the American Dream: if it is true for them, the way it is reflected in their work and how it is changing for millenials and gen Z.
Joyce Ko is an American fashion designer from Los Angeles, California. She is a second generation immigrant from South Korea currently residing in NYC. Joyce’s thesis collection “9-5” is a parody on professional dress codes and the regimented office life.
Bailey Elayne is a Detroit born and raised fashion designer graduated from Parsons Fashion BFA program in 2019. Her thesis collection confronts toxicity within her own community through overly cute and kitschy themes.
Abbir Malik is an American fashion designer from Southern California. Her thesis collection “40-120” is a love letter to her native landscape, the desert. The collection is an innovative take on surviving in desert environments, and addresses the little known issues in the Mojave desert .
PRIDE MONTH FEATURED INTERVIEW SERIES
Respect existence or expect resistance.
As LGBTQ rights become more recognized (or not) across the globe, we see more and more LGBTQ folks able to openly express themselves and their experiences. In honor of Pride month and for our debut interview collection, we invited three young LGBTQ designers to share their experiences, insights and work relating to their LGBTQ identities.
Feiyang Qiao, also known as Q Train Express, is a fashion designer and recent Parsons School of Design graduate. Her graduating thesis collection “Shanghai Plastic Love” challenges the lucrative marriage industry in China,the culture of matchmaking and the emphasis on rigid heteronormative wedding attire, even for LGBTQ people.
Story Si is a Chinese fashion designer from Jinan, China. His thesis project, “They Are My Fathers”, is a fashion collection based on his entire journey of the surrogacy process and the intricate relationship between his path to fatherhood and his thesis collection.
Milad Ahmadi is a fashion designer born in Iran and raised in Dubai. He has now lived in NYC since 2015. His graduating thesis collection is an almost ironic re-imagination of Iranian society, in which the conventional uniforms of different societal classes are redefined.