Oscar has grown up in the countryside area of Taizchung.
His bold style and enthusiasm is what he really wants to convey.
He honestly told us that he never received a formal training for fashion design!
But using a variety of materials in his pieces of work pushed him to give birth to a rich mosaic that makes him stand out !!
Because of his freedom in the framework, he is different! He is naughty!
Ａ：我從小生長在台中的鄉下，並不是生長於都會區，也因為如此，我可以接觸到許多的大自然，花花草草、山啊、海，這些 都影響了我將來創作的養份。我剛開始接觸到服裝設計的時候是因為看到了劇服的設計師葉錦添（ Timmy Yip ），他所設計的作品，讓我覺得非常的驚豔。之後又看到了John Galliano在2004年所呈現埃及風一系列的高級定製服，讓我非常的驚訝也更加確定我想走服裝設計這條路。
I would define my style as “warm”, “bold” and “colorful”. Actually, this is what I try to pass on to the people who can see my artwork. I want to deliver a “warm”, “bold” and “colorful” experience. I am from Taiwan, and this beautiful place is a tropical island where warmness and colors are everywhere. For the “bold” part, I can say that it comes from my enthusiasm!
Fashion design & process making…
In my opinion, fashion design is a great mix that combines different components and I like to play with them. For example, I like to look at the creative process of Fine Art to integrate a variety of materials into my fashion design works such as paper material. Indeed, I use paper material on which I do painting, meaning that I use some painting skills to create my garment fabrics. Then, with some wrapping and sculpture techniques of draping, I design painting paper for clothing. This is a long process making that involves different steps and crafting skills. In the end, I would say that this is what makes my fashion design creation unique.
The ones who are into academism, might not know how to appreciate his fusion creativity and vitality.…
Maybe they not dare to take risk, surprises might not happen!
Your definition of “creativity”…
I strongly believe that this is fundamental to learn the basics and the traditional way to be able to think of some new way of enhancement. In terms of creation process, I think that the traditional technics can give you more knowledge and confidence to build-up something new on the top of it. If you want to make a revolution without knowing the past it could be very challenging to succeed. Innovation comes from the capacity of evolution and inspirations from observations from the past to envision novelty. This is how I would define the concept of creativity: innovation and authentic inspiration.
I very much like people who made some difference in that industry with creative design concepts. Firstly, Christian Dior: he was one of the pioneers to develop a women image totally different from what was done before. I admire the way he re-design the bodyline for women with a remarkable sense of elegance. Secondly, I put Alexander McQueen among my greatest influencers. I have to say that I am very receptive to the environmental issues that he addresses. On the other hand, he also is one of the people who bring fashion to the level of art. That’s the reason why I am always excited to watch his fascinating fashion shows that are pure fashion art performance. I put him on the same level together with John Galliano who contributed to develop my passion for fashion. Galiano knows how to pick some anti-conformist elements like the “porn-chic” to turn them into a fashion trend. Finally, I also would like to mention Zac Posen among the people I follow. Indeed, I like his sense of aesthetics for dress design. He can simplify the construction of a dress to just magnify the elegance part. In addition, he’s one of the few who really conceptualizes the mutual influence of West and East in fashion design. He is definitely a great sensation… I keep an eye on him.
Ａ：其實有很多位，像Christian Dior，他創立了新的女性線條，讓女性的腰身及優雅的線條都展現出來。我也很喜歡Alexander Mcqueen，因為他不只關心環保、環境的議題，也運用各種特殊的版型與藝術的形式來展演他的SHOW。還有John Galliano，他把戲劇、情色，甚至是次文化…等等，融入他的設計，他的每場SHOW都令人期待與驚喜，最後是Zac Posen，他運用東西融合的概念，簡化了很多禮服元素，但也創新了禮服的架構，他的作品非常的大氣與優雅。
Asia on the world fashion map…
Actually, there are a lot of interesting elements in the Taiwanese culture that are “fashionable”. Right now, I am just thinking of the Taiwanese aborigines costumes and dance, but also the Hakka people and their culture… In Taiwan, there is so much diversity that culture is a wealthy source of inspiration for fashion. We are privileged to live in a world where information is accessible to a greater number of people so we can easily explore new culture and learn form each other. Of course, with Internet we have a lot of input from the West because resources and promotion are also heavy there. But in the same time, in Asian there are more and more initiatives and talents growing. I think what Asia needs, is to reveal more about the different local cultures to have a more significant and authentic footprint in fashion. Resources and promotion are critical but this is a scale issue and things are changing…
During my free time, I like travelling but what matters is not really the destination you pick but the way you travel. What I like the most is to explore things out of the main path. A journey is enriching when you meet with unexpected things and surprises. Travelling is definitely a great hobby!
Taichung versus Taipei…
I think that Taipei has a faster pace of life than Taichung because Taipei is the capital city of Taiwan. Taipei is also more internationalized because this is the Taiwan financial center. As a result, the dressing standards and codes are different between the two cities. Taipei is more trendy and fashionable in a way, but Taichung is more relax with a different lifestyle: more casual. If you are looking for upgrading your quality of life welcome to Taichung!
Art in Taichung…
Art in Taichung is everywhere! This city has an art beat… In fact, there are many places where you can be infused by art: a lot of galleries, the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts in Taichung which holds a lot of great exhibitions, then there are also some nice and cozy coffee shops where some artwork are showcased or where people like to comment about what’s going on in art field. In Taichung, there is also a great traditional market where you can find all kind of wonders from local artists from Taichung region.
I do not have a strong academic background in fashion design from famous design school. So I still work on improving myself because in fashion design you need to be constant learner. So, I tend to focus more on the technical side and to look around me to seize all the opportunities to show my skills and my passion for creation. In the future, my dream is to develop my own fashion brand to focus on fashion art design.