Luoyuan Zhang

Contact:
luoyuanzhang2356@gmail.com
University/School:
Nottingham Trent University
Location:
Nottingham
Specialism:
Award NomineeAward WinnerFashion DesignInternational FashionTextilesWomenswear
About Me

Hi, I am Luoyuan, a fashion designer from Nottingham Trent University.

My creative collection is based on the concept of “respect for ecology and nature”, the collection fuses nature and fashion craftsmanship from the development of fabrics to the production of garments, allowing the raw materials to be presented in the most natural way.

My creative collection focuses on sustainable, ethical, socially responsible, and textured womenswear design. I explore innovative ways of making fabrics and how special fabrics can be presented on garments. I came up with the personal concept of 'respect for ecology and nature'. It is also ironic that people kill silkworms in their cocoons to get soft silk fabrics and silk garments. In the collection, the combination of one piece cutting with ZWPC makes effective use of the large amount of waste generated during the one-piece cutting process.

INSPIRATION

I found inspiration from the cocoons, showing the endlessness of life and the greatness of nature.

The collection is based on the concept of "respect for ecology and nature". By making field research at silk factory, and breeding my own silkworms, I was able to immerse my mind in the natural environment and experience the whole process of silkworms. From the birth to death of the silkworm in less than two months, I wonder at the smallness of life. In contrast, people kill silkworms in their cocoons for greed to get silk products.

I wanted to use the second-hand product of the silkworm to satirise the use of silk products. So, I use the second-hand silk duvet and other sustainable materials such as paper, tree branch to develop bio-composite fabrics. While making the fabrics I also had to consider the manufacturability of the garments. And through the form of the silkworm wrapped by spitting silk, I look for ways to cover the body in the design, weaving a dialogue between nature and human.

MY WORK

PORTFOLIOS

DETAIL

Silkworm fashion collection creates a statement about garment cruelty

Many people who enjoy silk do not realise that it is made in a very cruel way. Silkworms are killed in their cocoons with boiling water in order to harvest their ultra-soft fibres which are then turned into the luxury material. My collection is a message to people who wear silk, so that they can realise that silkworms have been killed in their cocoons in order to make these products. Emma Prince, course leader for Fashion Design at Nottingham Trent University, said: “Luoyuan has shown how fashion design can be used to make a political statement and raise awareness of important issues. His sculptural concept designs feature beautiful aesthetic but come with a bold message about the methods which are used in order to make a luxury material like silk.”

RESPECT FOR ECOLOGY AND NATURE
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