Yuena Wu

Collection

Yuena Wu

My collection is inspired by a very famous ancient book from China entitled "Classic of Mountains and Seas.”This book is presumed to be a mythical geography, explored and recorded by generations of ancient Chinese scholars in the field. The book includes geography, animals, plants, minerals, witchcraft, religion, history, medicine, folklore, and various aspects of ethnicity. The inspiration of each look of the collection is based on folklore monsters and legends that build up the Chinese mythical world. Another source of inspiration for this collection is the sci-fi media I consumed while growing up. As a child, I was fascinated by the imagination of the future depicted in novels, movies, games, and other media. Futurism and cyberpunk have always been my favorite art styles. Everything from monsters and legends in ancient books, to the future in a time and place we don't know has always peaked my interest. I tried to combine these two ideas into one and interpret a new form of Chinese cyberpunk. I enjoyed the collision of different times and different cultural styles during the process. This collection is not only a combination between fantasy of the past and a vision of the future, but also an exploration of my own original culture and personal style.
这次系列的一切源于一本在中国非常著名的名为《山海经》的书,山海经据推测是由众多古代中国学者实地探索并加以记录的怪奇悠谬之说、荟萃珍奇博物的神话地理志,囊括了地理、动物、植物、矿物、巫术、宗教、历史、医药、民俗及民族各个方面的内容。而本系列的灵感之一起源于书中许多民间传说的妖怪,诡异的怪兽以及光怪陆离的传说。本系列的另一个灵感来源便是从小一起陪我长大的科幻作品。从我很小的时候便对小说、电影、游戏等媒介中所描绘的未来世界深深吸引。未来主义与赛博朋克更是我一直以来十分欣赏的艺术风格。而此次的系列我便试想将两种理念结合为一,用我个人的想象来创造中国风赛博朋克。我很享受过程中对于不同时代和不同文化风格的碰撞与冲击。从历史久远的古书中的怪兽与传说,到一个我们未知时空的未来。这次对我来说既是对过去时间的幻想,也是对未来世界的畅想,更是对于自己的本源文化与个人风格的一次探索。

Bio

Yuena Wu is a NYC based fashion designer originally from China. Yuena has always been moving around the world with her family since childhood. In the process of growing up, she became brave and curious. She always loves to look into various art styles, and try to create something out of it. Throughout her work, you would always find two different things playing together. As a designer, she is always on the way to finding her true self by not only looking back to her original culture, but also looking forward to the future fashion.