Earlier this year I have made my way to Taipei visiting a very good friend of mine. As an ordinary mainland Chinese girl, Taipei was just a city name in the Taiwanese TV shows I watched when I was growing up, but this time it really came alive and amazed me in so many level, especially the local people. I was luckily introduced to a lot of creative people through my friend, they are all so open-mined and welcomed my visit. Andrew Chen, a celebrity fashion stylist/designer in Taipei, is one of the people I met from the trip. His design was worm by many A-list celebrities in Asia, such as A-Mei, S.H.E, Elva Hsiao… Now he is sharing some experience/thoughts and his personal space on One Eye Cat with us.
答：在从事发型师的过程中，因为常常接触许多艺人和流行杂志的内页拍摄，以及认识一位在台湾十分有名的摄影师小苏哥（苏益良），于是我从中慢慢转换跑道。一开始我先为造型师Paul做助理，做了约莫半年多，体会到服装造型师的生态及看见，后被小苏哥介绍到 Men’s UNO 杂志当 Fashio Editor，在此工作一年多，在中间过程中开始出来接case。我的历程比较幸运，因为一开始就和 A-Mei，S.H.E 合作。从长期的工作配合中我学习到很多，也感谢她们的照顾。
答：Raf Simons，Martin Margiela 和 Helmut Lang ，这三位服装设计师对我早期影响最深。Raf Simons 2001 秋冬与2002春夏这两场秀以无政府街头示威者的概念转达属于 Raf 的激进年代，实在是太美了。我欣赏 Martin Margiela 的结构符号的穿衣哲学。而早期的 Helmut Lang 对我来说就是个经典形象，无庸置疑的剪裁和线条。目前最喜欢的设计师是 Iris Van Herpen, Anne Sofie Madsen, J W Andersen 和 Meadham Kirchhoff。
答：绘画是好友 Ian 在无意间看到我家猫咪们在墙角下留下脚印，以至开始作画，从中慢慢变成我们共同玩乐的兴趣及爱好!
答：《安藤忠雄：我的人生履历书》及《圣经》。音乐我听很多不同类型， 例如：Fever Ray, Iamamiwhoami, Olafur Arnalds, Planningtorock 和 The Knife。
Q: I have been told you were a hair dresser before, how did you turn into fashion design/styling?
A: When I was doing hair dressing, I worked around celebrities and got opportunities to work on set of photo shooting for magazines. Also I got in touched with a very famous fashion photographer in Taiwan Liang Su, since then I was gradually changing my career path. At the beginning I have been assisting another fashion stylist Paul for half a year, during the time I experienced how the life is like as a fashion stylist. Then photographer Liang Su introduced me to work for Men’s Uno Magazine as a fashion editor. After working there for a year or so, I started to get some freelance jobs. I think I was very lucky that my first clients are some famous Taiwanese celebrities like A-Mei and S.H.E. I have learnt a lot from working with them, and I really appreciate it.
Q: Which designer influenced you the most? Please share with us your favorite designers.
A: Fashion designer Raf Simons, Martin Margiela and Helmut Lang influenced me the most at my earlier stage. Raf Simons’s 2001 AW and 2002 SS collections was absolutely stunning and powerful, which illustrated the concept of youth protest and anarchy. This was his own radical moment. Regarding Martin Margiela, I like the concept of deconstruction from him. The early design from Helmut Lang is so classic for me, I am amazed by the unbeatable cutting and incredible silhouette. My favorite fashion designers now are Iris Van Herpen, Anne Sofie Madsen, J W Andersen and Meadham Kirchhoff.
Q: Is painting one of your hobbies or is it where you get inspiration from?
A: The footprints left by my cats on my wall which first discovered by my good friend Ian, inspired me and my friends to do painting and later on it became our group activity and mutual hobby.
Q: What is your dream work project?
A: After I got to know about religion, I gradually give myself and vision to God, any work project is a gift from him. Enable to create constantly and work in the creative industry is wonderful for me, and I am looking forward to the upcoming challenges.
Q: What are you currently listening or reading?
A: Book by Tadao Ando and Bible. I listen to all kinds of music, such as Fever Ray, Iamamiwhoami, Olafur Arnalds, Planningtorock and The Knife.
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One Day World
Often I go to fabric market to get inspiration. Sometimes I go for a ride on my bicycle to relax. I use a lot of time on internet at home, and I read bible before bed time.
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My dream when I was little and now are the same: work in fashion design!
It is very nice meeting you.