Academy of Art Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week: A Knit Designers Experience
Before earning his MFA in Knitwear Design from Academy of Art University, Xiang Zhang collaborated on an exquisite collection with fellow alumnus Louie Llewellyn, which debuted during the Academy of Art University Spring 2011 Fashion Show at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week.
Designer Xiang Zhang
For his Fall 2012 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week collection, Xiang was inspired by Plato’s philosophy that the highest form of beauty can be explained by principles of mathematics. He used Plato’s theory of the golden rectangle, in which the ratio of the long edge to the short edge equals the golden ratio, to determine the proportions of designs, as well as the number of stitches and their orientation within the pattern. Xiang opted for different looks all throughout the show while tying every look together with white shirting. On one of his standout looks, the white shirting peeked out from a taupe silk mohair dress layered under a collarless silk cashmere and wool coat. He used cashmere, mohair, and silk throughout his entire collection.
Xiang’s dream is to transform the beauty he sees and feels into fashion design and he wishes that his vision of beauty can be tested and his designs be recognized by the market.
Xiang is working on his 2013 Spring Collections although Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week just came to an end. As a young designer, Xiang believes his success comes from his consistent hard work. He said, “I will keep it going to pursue my dream, and hopefully I can have my very own show to display my collections in the near future.”
The Knit Design MFA student was quick to share his experience about the Academy. “My experience at the Academy of Art University has had a huge impact on my future career. In the last three years, my creative potential and hands-on skills have improved enormously. Academy of Art University prepared me for the fashion design industry as a designer with an international vision. The most important thing that Academy of Art University has done is encouraged me to develop my personal style as a designer and it has given me such a clearer vision of my future,” said Xiang.