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Who’s on the hot designer short list?

May 19, 2015

After her studies of intimate apparel in Hong Kong, Rachel decided to move to Paris, the capital of fashion world to study fashion and explore ideas about design, raw materials, garment functions and eco-production. Rachel was also one of the finalists to the 6th edition of the INVISTA LYCRA® Future Designers award.


1.            When did you realize you wanted to become a designer?

I realized it when I finished my studies in high school. I am always interested in clothing, because it concerns our daily life and its development involves both aesthetics and technical aspect, which is a challenging area. I like this kind of challenge, and that’s why I want to be a designer especially for technical clothing such as sportswear because it is even more challenging and more interesting!

2.            What is your ultimate dream job?

My ultimate dream job is to design and develop the clothing which integrate both technology and design innovation, and to work in an international environment where I can exchange with people from different countries and different cultures.

3.            What inspired your designs for the LYCRA® Future Designers award?

My design is inspired by modern architecture and the use of transparency. Actually there are similarities between the sector of architecture and fashion such as the design process, the proportion, the timeliness etc. They both require artistic skills and precision in details. It is especially interesting to integrate these kinds of elements in the design of sportswear and swimwear for which we need to consider the support and the elasticity of each portion in the garment. That’s why my design is entitled ‘Construct the harmony’.


4.            If you win, what do you hope to achieve within 12 months?

I would like to launch my clothing line in sportswear sector emphasizing on design, sustainable development and wearing comfort. I know it is not easy to achieve but I will try my best. I hope my overseas experience will help me to create something new in this sector.

5.            What other projects are you working on at the moment?

I have conducted some interviews with German entrepreneurs last year in the eco-clothing sector and I am planning to publish a book about it. Apart from that I am also working for several school projects.

6.            Tell us a random fact about yourself, or… a secret that no one knows about you (yet!):

Some people think that I am a tranquil person when we first met, but then they may be surprised that I can be quiet….or too talkative :P

7.            Is there anything else you would like to share?

I really want to promote the importance of sustainable development in this industry, because this is our future.