Business of Design Week kicked off today early with pomp and ceremony, with an opening speech by Henry Tang – the Secretary of State HK. This year’s conference is a joint affair with partnering country Japan, which means we had many Japanese speakers. Good thing we had simultaneous translations provided through headsets! Today’s tracks we attended were on Fashion and Apparel, below are highlights of today’s speeches.
Without a doubt though, the speech that left the deepest impression is by Dai Fujiwara, right-hand man to Issey Miyake himself for 15 years, starting off as a young textile designer, and now a close partner in the process of design, conceptual philosophy and textile engineering. An excellent and succinct speaker (in Japanese, though he generously gave the translator lots of time to do her job), he gave a run down on the conceptual process/thinking behind A POC – garments designed to be made from a single piece of cloth, thus minimizing wastage, yet producing unique cuts of clothing for the end user. Click here and here if you’d like to know more. He also played a few cool video clips they’ve made, one of which I’ve included below.
The day was topped off with a fashion parade by three young local designers. It is refreshing to find local designers doing well in the industry. The Chinese are oft known for their financial capabilities, but contemporary design is young yet in this culture. Further critical work and thinking will have to continue in designing for the future.