Emerging designer Yi Ming’s sharp tailoring juxtaposed with soft shapes was the overwhelming favourite to win the Otago Polytechnic People’s Choice Award at this year’s iD International Emerging Designer Awards.
Ming, who studied at the IFA, Shanghai University of Engineering Science, travelled to Dunedin to show her collection, Fusion. She was one of 28 finalists from New Zealand, Australia, China, Singapore and Slovakia.
Ming said she believed the future inherits from history and the present and wanted to bring historical culture, memory of the present, and future together in her designs. She achieved this by combining contemporary architectural elements and traditional Eastern patterns, the latter laser-cut into faux leather.
Pictures: Chris Sullivan