Asian designers we love

We at ThEye believe in fairness and equality. Hence, it both saddens and angers us
that there have been so much unwarranted discriminatory attacks against the Asian
community, especially in the United States. We express complete support for the movement, Stop Asian Hate! These shocking incidents should be condemned.

In light of this, we would like to put focus on notable Asian-American designers who have worked to make their mark in the fashion industry. Their talent and dedication should not go unnoticed, as they bring pride to the Asian community through their diverse and exceptional works. Truly, they serve as an inspiration and blaze a trail for their fellow men and women to follow.

A Nepalese-American designer whose designs have been featured on the red carpet countless times, he has long been a voice for inclusion and diversity in the industry. He often uses his platform to promote good causes and he has expressed his support for the #MeToo and TIMESUP MOVEMENTS. When interviewed recently he expressed his concerns and fears regarding the hate crimes occurring in the US. He adds,“Iam a living example of it, coming from a country like Nepal where nobody believed I could be a designer. To be able to live that dream and to have this platform. It’s been really incredible.”

He is an American fashion designer of Chinese descent, who had co-founded his eponymous brand with friend and business partner Wen Zhou back in the fall of 2005. He has amassed both critical and commercial success. In 2007, he was given the award for Emerging Talent for Womenswear by the Council of Fashion Designers of America, and in 2012, the Council’s Swarovski award for Menswear. He had defined his brand’s aesthetic as “confident, chic, and most of all, effortless”, and might be what draws high-profile artists such as Kanye West and A$AP Rocky to sport his clothing. He had also been vocal against anti-Asian sentiments saying, “We need to use our collective platforms to speak out against hate and have a collective united voice that is a show of solidarity and goodwill. With the rise of racism and a blame game, the only way to combat that is solidarity and to put back out love.”

Of Chinese descent, and hailing from Detroit, Michigan, Anna Sui knew that she wanted to be a fashion designer from a very young age. Her rise to prominence was long and winding, but she achieved her breakthrough in the 90s, with some help from models such as Naomi Campbell, Christy Turlington and Linda Evangelista, who encouraged her to do a runway show. Since then, she has received numerous accolades and her designs have been worn by notable figures like Madonna and Mick Jagger. Speaking up against anti-Asian racism, she says, “We need to increase awareness of this problem, learn tolerance and practice acceptance of one another. It would be wonderful if what came out of this is support for all the talented, young Asian students graduating from the design schools and designers emerging with their own collections.”

By Sophie Jocson