Tuesday, 25 October 2011

don't ask him

... Don't ask me
Cause I don't know
What's it all about
They scream and then they shout
Don't blame me
I told you so.

P.I.L. 'Don't ask me', 1990

”Don't ask me about inspiration... image is a simple 
way of saying complicated things” is the welcoming
statement of Chinese designer Qiu Hao's website
letting guests know that he's a bit irritated to be
questioned about what inspires his work.

The Taicang, Suzhou-born gifted designer studied
interior and space design before launching his first
RTW line wittily called 'Neither Nor' in 2001 and
opened with partner QiaoQiao the first Shanghai's
ONEBYONE boutique in 2003.
Qiu Hao got a MA in womenswear from London's
esteemed Central Saint Martins and came back
home to establish his own label, QIUHAO whose
2008 knitwear collection won the prestigious
Woolmark Prize. Last year he received the nomination
for the ”Breakthrough Designer Award” from the
Global Fashion Awards by WGSN just before
starting to work on his b&w luxuriously minimal
AW 11-12 collection called 'Serpens'.

Taken by French, Shanghai-based photographer
Matthieu Belin for Surface Asia magazine, the
pictures show Qiu Hao's stark and slender shapes:
”I always want to stretch the body, my shapes
are influenced by snakes, who are long and lean

 but you can play around with” he said to the
dynamic Asia-Pacific publication which is actually
the New York-based Surface magazine sibling.

”I stretch knitted silk so that it looks like a broken
net, or wash and heat wool at high temperatures
to change its appearance” he added while giving
an explanation of his pure lines and tailored cuts,
but please refrain from asking about his inspiration!

> all images © by Matthieu Belin/Qiuhao <

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