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Taiwanese student stands out at graduation show in U.K.

2012/06/01 21:07:49

London, May 31 (CNA) A Taiwanese student studying fashion design at the Royal College of Art in London made a splash Thursday at the school's graduation show through his unique collection of womenswear.

Apu Jan, 25, was one of 28 postgraduate students from the college to showcase their creations in a catwalk presentation, including menswear, womenswear, knitwear, millinery, footwear and accessories.

The young talent from Taiwan presented 15 pieces of winter knitwear that were well-received by fashion industry insiders.

Talking about his main inspiration, Jan said he has always been fascinated by the relationship between fantasy and reality, and uses the color black and his knitting skills to weave mythological concepts in his collections.

Jan, who graduated with the top score from the department of textiles and clothing at Fu Jen Catholic University in Taiwan, spent three months preparing for the show.

Elements of China's imperial dragon robe, the Japanese kimono, the Chinese chipao and the traditional costume of China's indigenous Miao people are all apparent in his designs.

Although Jan's creations drew attention from many firms at the show, he has bigger ambitions than that. He said that "my dream is to establish my own brand and be able to take part in the London Fashion Week."

"I would like to have my studio in Taiwan while selling my designs in England," he added.

Sarah Dallas, a senior professor at the college, said Jan's choice of black helped him to stand out at the show and she expressed confidence that he will make his name in the fashion world.

"He was a very committed student and hard-working, and he was just really keen to learn and has done incredibly well here," Dallas said.

The Royal College of Art, which has been established for 175 years, is one of the world's leading schools for product and fashion design.

(By Jennifer Huang and Maia Huang)