By Jenny Choi
Driven by her passion for art and streetwear, Tobby Yang emphasizes celebrates individuality in her menswear aesthetic. Her graduate collection showcases men’s luxury streetwear for millennials who are creative entrepreneurs. With a combination of sartorial craftsmanship and art-inspired graphics, the garments present an elevated and refined interpretation of streetwear.
CHAOS CREATION will be unveiled at 2017 The Show presented by Tamoda Apparel Inc., on April 5 and 6 at the Imperial (319 Main Street). Twenty-seven other lines by Kwantlen Polytechnic University Fashion Design and Technology students will also be showcased.
Jenny Choi: Describe your collection
Tobby Yang: CHAOS CREATION is a men’s luxury streetwear collection designed for millennial creative entrepreneurs who are artistic and culturally aware. The collection infuses creative freedom and self-expression while embracing the current culture and elevated craftsmanship.
JC: Who or what inspired your line?
TY: My collection was driven by my love for art and streetwear culture. I wanted to incorporate the aesthetic of streetwear with a combination of craft and artistry to create luxury menswear. This collection also reflects the current shift in both streetwear and luxury menswear as the division between the categories is blurred. The muse for my collection are creatives in both local and global communities. I aspire to design clothes that promote creative freedom and self-expression, providing millennial creatives with a refined take on statement streetwear.
JC: Walk me through your creative process.
TY: My creative process always starts with a design concept or theme, followed by forecasting, research, and fabric sourcing. Once it gets to the design stage, my creative process becomes very intuitive and spontaneous. I always jump back and forth in different development stages. It is just like the process of painting: organic and sometimes unexpected.
JC: What aspect of design are you most passionate about?
TY: I am most passionate about design development and styling. I like to conceptualize themes into graphic and design elements. To me, graphics are a way to evoke feelings and statements. I enjoy graphic development incorporating art and textile design. Styling is also a huge part of my design process. I draw design inspirations from styling direction, which helps to strengthen the overall design concept.
JC: What’s next for you?
TY: I plan to gain experiences working with menswear in the local Vancouver industry. I am also open to travelling internationally to continue my studies in menswear.
Jenny Choi is a final-year fashion design and technology student at KPU’s Wilson School of Design.