Carrie Xinrui Chang



We not only live in the city, But it's also an experience of integrating with the urban structure designed by previous generations with intended underlying meanings conveyed through the ways of seeing. How the city embraces us echoes how garments attach to our bodies. The correlation between architectural structures and garments shares a power dynamic that balances the institution and the individual. This introduces the hidden idea of desire and discipline within humanity. This idea is covered by the surrounding structures, e.p. residential blocks, mansions, and war monuments. By juxtaposing the authority (the obvious) and the individual (the hidden) and analyzing the brutalist exterior and Art Nouveau interior built in the Soviet era, the beauty of human society that’s hidden between citizens and the social/architectural design would be bridged through materiality and pattern cutting.


Carrie Xinrui Chang is a multidisciplinary designer from Beijing, now based in New York City.  She graduated from Parsons School of Design with a BFA in Fashion Design. Before attending Parsons, she focused on fine art, attended CAFA in Beijing, China, and assisted in art galleries. Naturally, she is drawn to both the brutalist beauty of the past and the playful futuristic world we are stepping into. Her thesis is centered around the idea of experiencing the city and living within structures by conceptualizing the correlation between art nouveau and brutalism. She uses her vision to translate this idea through pattern cutting and creating a glamorous RTW collection. During her 3rd year, Carrie studied abroad at Central Saint Martins in the BA knitwear pathway in London and received a full scholarship offered by UAL. She also received the Parsons Dean’s scholarship throughout her four years at Parsons. Besides attending school, Carrie has interned for multiple fashion labels in New York and London.


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