A BALANCE OF CONTRADICTIONS
Photography: Natasha Killeen
Hair & Makeup: Erin Xu
Models: Vonne Debut Management / Joseph FiveTwenty Management
A BALANCE OF CONTRADICTIONS expresses the tension of a young girl trying to assimilate into the ‘Australian way of life’ while appreciating my Chinese heritage and maintaining a sense of self. The frayed hems and ripped pleats in the garments reflect a troubled mindset trying to reconcile these competing demands.
The centerpiece of this collection is a jacket constructed entirely of thermoplastic polyurethane using a 3D printing pen and finished with paint stroke textures made using brushes from my grandfather’s Chinese calligraphy set – a family treasure. This jacket defies replication and is the hero of a collection reflecting my identity as both Australian and Chinese.