Whenever we write about ethnically inspired fashion, not matter the ethnicity, there’s always one guarantee: that someone will write in with a complaint. The complaints are varied, but usually communicate (not always politely) that the designs are by people not of that ethnicity and thus cash in on something the designer has no claim on. Which all raises the question of whether or not such complaints will follow designer Jason Wu. Taiwanese born, Wu’s fall / winter 2012 sits as an interpretation of Chinese aesthetics.
Those aesthetics are varied with Wu’s collection not playing to one confined period of Chinese culture. It plays to the modern day by way of a military infusion as well as more traditional periods when Chinese dynastic rulers reigned supreme. But along the way it’s never quite Western nor Chinese. It is instead the fusion of multiple cultures and different interpretations.
Will people describe Wu’s collection as a bastardisation of authentic Chinese culture? There’s always someone willing to complain about something. But each to their own. After all, there’s much to be gained from a fusion of cultures, whether that fusion is the exploration of art or aesthetics.
You can see all of the Jason Wu autumn (fall) / winter 2012 runway collection by clicking on a thumbnail on the left. From there you can browse through each of the pictures from the fashion show.
Photography by Imaxtree