Womenswear collection inspired by the Chinese ethnic minority.
The Miao minority is made up of various tribes with different cultures and histories, and every tribe is identified by their distinctive form of dress.
Traditionally, they did not have a written language, and instead, used the craft of embroidery to record their stories onto garments. Although originating in China, the Miao have a history of migration due to continuous conflicts with ruling government parties. Those that have remained in China largely reside in the mountainous rice-terrance areas of the Southeast (Guizhou, Yunnan, Guangxi). Elements of layering and qualities of the color palette were derived from visual references of the rice-terrance landscapes.
Inspired by the peoples and their story of migration, I used drapery and embroidery to embody a concept of movement-as if the garments themselves were a map of their nomadic journeys.
Photography: Rakshita Arvind
Models: Lauryn Bryan & Catarina Vaughan
Hair & Makeup Artist: Bryony Robertson