Chinese born Han Wen, graduated from Parsons The New School for Design in New York earlier this year. He has won the prestigious SS17 Merit Award for his collection, previously won by creatives such as, ROBERTS|WOOD, Phoebe English, David Koma and Xiao Li.
Han’s thesis collection ‘An Escape from Tradition’ juxtaposes traditional Chinese armour with modern techniques and fabrics creating a modern shell for the confident and powerful feminine woman of today. The label is built on the blend of couture elements with a ready-to-wear feel and the designer’s multicultural background to create thoughtful and refined textures and silhouettes.
Wen’s work explores the powerful potential of structure in design, innovation seen in the curated blend of techniques. This notion of change and potential is continued in the spring/summer collection. Han shows a heavy focus on textiles, and an exploration of fabric and technique approached with an experimental attitude. Metal rings held together pieces, adding texture, as Wen’s inimitable craftsmanship transformed leather and delicate sheer fabrics.
His work exists as a form of escapism, grounded in imagination and reality simultaneously. The metal detailing allows the clothes to at once tell a fantastical narrative and allow space for liberation from restraints.