"Mode in Taiwan,” a fashion exhibition featuring works by London-based Taiwanese designers, will be held at the Calais Lace Museum in France from Jan. 28 through April 23.
Curated by Chu Chi-jung (朱紀蓉), an expert in museum studies, and Chen Yi (陳宜), editor-in-chief of Vintage magazine (富豪人生), the exhibition is a collaborative effort by the Taipei-based Chinese Association of Museums and several French museum associations.
The exhibition will showcase roughly 75 fashion items by up-and-coming designers from Taiwan, including Chen Shao-yen (陳劭彥), Liu Mei-hui (劉美惠), and Apu Jan (詹朴). They will present Taiwan's fashion aesthetics and diverse culture through their respective interpretations and utilization of fabrics, materials, and colors.
Chen, founder of womenswear label SHAO YEN, is a designer who incorporates unconventional materials with textiles. Chen's works will reflect his observations on the natural environment.
Liu, an established independent designer who has worked in London for more than two decades, will show how she transforms recycled materials and lace into new garments.
Apu Jan is a London-based fashion designer whose works are known for their combination of the surreal and fictitious. Inspired by literature, his collection under the label APUJAN will present garments made with unique knitwear techniques.
The designers will not be only displaying their previous creations - three pieces of new works made with locally crafted lace will be first shown in the exhibition and then entered into the permanent collection of Calais Lace Museum.
Additional interdisciplinary works incorporating fashion and digital art created by artists Poki Chang (張博智) and Lin Jin-yao (林經堯) based on the designs of Chen and ApuJan will also be on display.
The collaboration between Taiwanese designers and French museums is aimed at bringing Taiwan's fashion aesthetics to the world stage. The Ministry of Culture hopes to continue promoting Taiwan through different forms of cultural exchanges in the future.
‘Mode in Taiwan'