Happy Chinese New Year! The Chinese zodiac marks 2011 as the Year of the Rabbit, and so we hop from the tiger’s year to yet another four-legged creature’s year. The rabbit symbolizes tranquility and fashionability among other characteristics, so on the subject of good taste in clothing, I’ve hunted down some interesting artists in time for Wabbit Season!
Yeonju Sung is an artist from Korea who has a knack for creating clothes out of knickknacks. She says that the edible items used in her “Wearable Foods” series merely borrow the form of clothes. Forget Jeremy Scott’s meat dress for Lady Gaga because Sung has come to town. Now through February 19, Sung’s designs will be on exhibit at the “Ahn-Nyung | Hello” Korean Contemporary Art Exhibition at Lebasse Projects in Culver City, Calif. Check out her delicate dresses made out of chewy treats such as bubble gum and shrimp for yourself.
Emmanuelle by Thomas Chen is yet another blossoming bud among the densely fashionista-populated NYC. With a spring 2011 debut collection after experience under labels such as Thakoon, Chen introduces the bold and the beautiful through classic diversity, which entails ’70s inspiration from trousers to prairie dresses.
Guo Pei is a veteran Chinese fashion designer who designed the lavish costumes for the Beijing 2008 Olympics, but her claim to American fame was with the fame monster Lady Gaga herself. Pei doesn’t seem to hold back on using luxurious resources such as Swarovski crystals, but she also doesn’t hold back her disinterest in dressing Lady Gaga. She’s like a fusion of Hussein Chalayan’s structural concepts and the late Alexander McQueen’s extravagance, but whatever she’s up to for the year will surely amaze.