Xiuzhen Li presented her collection at the Academy of Art University 2016 Graduation Fashion Show in San Francisco on May 11th, 2016. Li, B.F.A. Fashion Design, was born in Wenzhou and raised in Xiangtan. During her studies, she interned at Simple Pair, a San Francisco based fashion label launched by 2012 MFA Fashion Design alumna Jessie Liu.
For her collection, Li was infatuated with the notion of decay. Looking at moss-covered trees and rotted walls, Li started to ruminate on the synchronicity of growth and deterioration and was drawn to the unique, organic patterns and textures that came about as a result of nature’s opposing forces. Li expresses this intrinsic duality of life and decay through layers of beads, lace, and felt. The beading was done by Alvin Ang and Amy Tzu Chen Hsu, both BFA Fashion Design, who studied Tambour Beading at the School of Fashion.
Photos Source: Academy of Art University