其實YDC 這個比賽在讀fashion design 時已經知道，而且大家都一直很想參加這個比賽，是繼Grad Show之後，大家所重視的一個機會，但我在出來工作加上做自己品牌後才參加YDC，是因為想證明自己的實力。加上，Fashionally成立後更加能幫助到品牌的發展，我可藉着比賽讓業界和更多不同界別的人留意到自己的作品。當時也可算是有策略地參加比賽。
然而，由構思、畫圖，遞交作品到等消息，是一個很有趣的過程，特別是獲得入圍通知，可以正式開始著手做，整個過程就如grad show的進階版。每天也痛恨自己為何那麽「手多」，畫得那麽仔細，以致連續數個月也是不停地做手工，過程是漫長而痛苦的，但很感恩身邊的朋友也很仗義幫忙。特別是已畢業的同科朋友，放假也來幫忙，好像當日做grad show般，仿佛一同在完成大家讀fashion時的夢。
除此之外，藉着這個比賽也激發了我和不同artist的合作。例如以下的造型照是由本地攝影師Calvin Sit 操刀拍攝，自此之後，我們一直到現在我們還是合作無間呢！另外整體造型的帽飾部分由 Nici Harmonic 設計，我們之後在AW16 “Diffusion” 系列也有再度合作。
參加比賽有別於平常設計 ready-to-wear 的思維，可以更為大膽、天馬行空，也能挑戰自己的極限（創意、體力及精神上）。這個機會可能一生只有一次，過程不管是甜酸苦辣也足以回味許久。看到這篇blog的你也許不是時裝設計師，但也希望你能勇於挑戰自己，Dare To Dream！
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If you’re looking to join YDC 2019, I would say that the first prerequisite is an ability to dream. It’s not always a cinderella cliche – sometimes we need our head in the clouds (and both feet on the ground), to achieve all that we dream of, and more. In the context of YDC, looking back it was very much a key to unlock my own dreams.
With the applications for YDC 2019 heralding the start of a new fashion season, I want to take some time to reflect on my own experiences five years ago.
Upon graduating design school, and completing our ‘Grad Show’, young designers often set their eyes on YDC as a chance to showcase their skills for the wider public. Thus, it was no surprise that in those early years, the YDC was always the event of the season and the talk of the town. But whilst my graduating class entered such events in the years shortly after graduation, I chose not to enter until 2016. In the time leading up to that, I spent the majority of my time building MODEMENT. It was a way to create something tangible, and individual, that I could then share with others. Thus, when I entered the YDC in 2013, for me it was no longer just a means to showcase designs, but to build connections and truly integrate into the fashion world.
I entered in the Party & Evening-Wear Group, featuring a collection entitled “Shadow Movement”, inspired by the dappled-patterns cast by the silhouettes of tree branches. Using a mix of colours, and jagged patterns the overall effect could best be described as somewhat ‘epileptic’.
The process of designing, drawing, and submitting the work was an incredibly enriching (albeit painful) process. Aside from doing the handiwork myself, many fashion friends who had graduated also joined in. It felt like a high-stakes version of the grad show. Working during the holidays, with the same vigor and enthusiasm as doing the grad show in university, we all worked hard to fulfill each other’s dreams. It also allowed me to work with a number of people across the industry, in particular with local photographer Calvin Sit (and we continue to collaborate up to now!). Therefore, whilst the awards and the publicity were undeniably valuable for the brand and myself, I have found that the most rewarding aspect was in fact the community we created. To this day, we still dress up in MODEMENT designs to events from time to time.
Although I often say that the process of creation is not glamorous at all, it’s not to say that it’s not important. After all, that feeling of pride when you see your designs walk the stage, is only amplified by the knowledge of the many hours spent on it, and the efforts put in by you and your teammates. So even though the stress of the event had us down in the dumps only a few hours before, it did not make us feel any less elated on the day. Fashion to me, has always seemed like an emotional rollercoaster: the good news is that you’ll never know what twists and turns are up ahead (but that also means it can be the bad news).
The YDC was an incredible experience. Creating clothing outside of the typical ‘readywear’ design was a means to push creativity beyond the limits of product design, and physical practicality, transcending the boundaries of art and fashion. Whilst this may be a once in a lifetime opportunity, and thus nostalgic, it was a dream come true that continues to be a significant milestone for us. Whilst you may not be a fashion designer reading this, I hope that this blog has given you reason to challenge yourself and to dream.
Dare to dream!
YDC 2019 Applications open now (deadline April 12th)!
Translated and edited by Wendy Liang