Han is a creative person with a passion for fashion. Studying in Shanghai, Tokyo and Paris allowed her to experience various different cultures. She wants to incorporate these experiences of different cultures and explore more innovative possibilities by modernizing tradition. It was Japanese Zen that influenced her to start thinking about sustainable design.
Her collection focuses on remaking and upcycling items that already exist. By giving new value to old things, thus reducing the creation of new fashion pollution. She likes to change the structure and create different ways of wearing clothes by deconstructing them, creating more matching combinations for different occasions.
Influenced by Zen philosophy, this project focuses on the remaking and upcycling of existing clothes to reduce future generations of new pollution. Technically, traditional Japanese garments such as kimono collars, hakama and monks' robes inspired this project. Specifically, monks use techniques such as wrapping and knotting to form the gathering of fabric, thus changing the shape of robes, in order to adapt to different occasions.
For example, they trap loose and long sleeves with ropes and tie them around the back of their necks when they clean rooms. These changeable forms and some Japanese elements provide this project with many techniques. It was my idea to apply these techniques to modern Western clothing and realize a fusion of Oriental traditional aesthetics and Western modern fashion.
Zen meets West explores the expression of Japanese Zen philosophy, realizing a fusion of Oriental traditional aesthetics and modern Western fashion to rethink, remake, and upcycle Western modern garments. The Japanese Zen concept - originated from Indian Buddhism and fusing Chinese ideas as it developed to extend its diverse arts in Japan - is not well known and read in the Western fashion industry although its vision on naturalness, simplicity is nowadays enlightening on the issues of upcycling and sustainable development. Focusing on the remaking of the most typical garments in Western daily life, such as T-shirts, suits, trench coats, this collection integrates some of the traditional Japanese items: the kimono collar, the traditional Japanese pants ‘hakama’, the twist and knots referring to the robes of Zen monks. These traditional ways of dressing free the consumer to some extent from the constraints of clothing on the body, giving it more freedom.