With LG Fashion Week just around the corner in Toronto we thought we would invite our friend Yenting Chen, a recent fashion design graduate from Shih-Chien University, Taipei, Taiwan and a talented illustrator, to be the featured creative of the month. His focus is on menswear and we are lucky to be able to see some of his work first hand.
Education: Bachelor's degree in fashion design from Shih-Chien University, Taipei, Taiwan
Describe your work: I design menswear — and some custom womenswear pieces — that aims to combine the classic and the contemporary in a distinctive way. The notion of the "gentleman" is central to everything I create.
Inspiration: I'm inspired by proper tailoring, the old-fashioned concept of the "dandy," and Jefferson Hack.
Awards or Recognition: Special award for best menswear collection among 2010 graduates, as chosen by Japanese designer Hiroko Koshino; featured three times on New York magazine's fashion blog, The Cut.
Future Projects/Goal: To establish my own menswear label.
What is one word that describes your creative style? Proper
How did you get to know ROLLOUT? I met Anita and Jonathan shortly after moving to Vancouver. We bonded over each other's work, and also our mutual desire to relocate to Toronto and push our careers forward. Six months later, all of us were here!
What resources do you use for creating your work? I'm very new to this country — and even newer to Toronto — so I haven't had many opportunities yet to explore the resources available to me. But I'm looking forward to scouring Toronto's many fabric stores, and getting to know people in the city's fashion community.
Can you share any of your secret tips? Chicken. I can't speak for anyone else, but a good piece of chicken fuels my creativity and boosts my happiness.
What did your parents want you to be instead of creative? They've always been supportive.
What gets you excited about tomorrow? Knowing I'm working hard toward my goal and doing what I love.
How would you refer to the current artistic style and mindset you live in today? Men used to wear well-tailored clothes every day, no matter where they were or what they were doing. The world might be a more civil place if we returned to that standard.