Born in China, Qian Wu is a New York based fashion designer graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology, also has a background in fashion engineering. As a designer, the Chinese designer made her statement by encouraging women with her athleisure aesthetic design.
The contrast of both feminine and masculine is always part of the inspiration for her designs, combining elegant sexiness and masculine functionality, and redefining functional garments in a rebellious, sexy, and chic way. Qian believes sexiness and functional garments are underestimated.
The Brand: MOVCREATOR
MOVcreator was founded by Qian Wu who transferred her major from design and engineering into fashion design after graduation with her bachelor’s degree. Instead of executing for other minds, she wants to make her own statement from her perspective to see women in this man-dominated perspective world–to encourage women with her athleisure aesthetics design.
The contrast of both feminine and masculine is always part of the inspiration of her design. For her, she thinks SEXINESS and FUNCTIONAL/ PRAGMATIC garments are ALWAYS UNDERESTIMATED! What she proposed to achieve in her collections is to see the sparks on the combination of these two contrasting elements together—elegant sexiness and masculine functionality. Then the whole concept was formed: redefining functional garments in a rebellious sexy and chic way.
A TALK WITH QIAN WU x KREEP.
How did your passion for design start and how your creative process work?
My passion for design came from the social issue—Traditionally, sexiness has manifested itself in a way that people tend to blame others, primarily women, for dressing ‘provocatively’. Even not a truth but this is the stereotype scenario how most of people tend to believe in. Under a men’s- dominated world perspective, I want to encourage women with my design by combining the contrast of both feminine sexiness and masculine functionality, in a rebellious, sexy, and chic way.
How do you think fashion industry is helping independent designers?
Actually, I don’t think fashion industry is helping any independent designer, and I think it’s good to think in this way. The only thing to do as an independent designer is to focus on your work, as long as they are great enough, more good things will come to you. But all in all, it’s only you helpingyourself.
Can you tell us a little bit about your references and inspirations for your garments?
Fields outside of fashion always give a new perspective and inspiration for design. Take my latest collection Movement Creates as an example: I was firstly inspired by the KT tape. KT is applied unstretched over manually stretched skin above the injured muscle, which helps preventing overstretch of muscle. Then collaboration between Physical Therapist Mr. Bernard Boakye from CYNERGY physical therapy NYC and me leveraged this project to a new level. From our collaboration, I built 5 BASIC LINES which helps to support our daily movement, meanwhile the tension of those lines helps to create silhouette of garments. Which not only align with my concept of fashionable functional garment, but outcomes also represent my design development in an ergonomic way. KT tape not only influenced my physical theory but also became part of my design aesthetics. The beautiful covering on skin in rather vivid color such as royal blue later became one of my key color tones for this collection.
Can you describe your client’s personality in few words?
Uninhibited, embracing, tough.
What do you think it’s your best-selling piece?
The impossible dress. Actually, each of the looks from Movement Creates are combined by 2 sections—the shell and harness. All those harness with adjustable construction helps with our daily movement and creates shell’s shape while we are moving. That dress can be worn easily no matter in a random day or functioning as an evening gown for an event.
What do you think about the opportunity of selling your products on online platforms, you think it might be a good showcase for your work and your future?
Selling online helps to accelerating my way to allocate my target customers. I personally am a fan of window shopping and I have witnessing a lot emerging designers are also making the most of online shopping to promote their products with great feedback. So I think this is a really great opportunity.
What does fashion industry needs more to grow up and what can be done better for this?
Moving forward, what needs more attention is to see fashion in a financially sustainable way. In the current climate, you are lucky to find a low-salaried internship. Investing in your education for an outcome like this is not justifiable, so making sure that every fashion worker can be treated fairly is the biggest challenge.
What is the long term goal for you as a designer and what is the main mission?
Always thinking of design in a functional-driven way meanwhile celebrate sexiness in a women’s dominated perspective.
What are the most interesting social platforms that can help your label?
Can you tell us what is the next project?
My next project will be focusing on the concept–fusion, also aligning with my own design universe. Since I see each of my collections stand for my different design stage with growth, this collection will be more focused on how to make every different items in multiple styling ways with each other or even with my previous collections’ item. Fashion need Re-use and Looking back. That’s the most attractive thing what I see from fashion.
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THE FUTURE IS HERE.