Born in Toronto, Canada, Jacqueline Au is a Chinese-Canadian fashion designer who has just completed her studies at Ryerson University in June 2018. With a background in art and fashion, she sees garments not only as a tool for expression to convey her concepts but also to transform the appearance of the wearer. Not only does it transform the appearance, but it shows the challenge between art to wear and ready to wear garments. Each piece she creates carries a piece of her design journey and this is explored through surface design experimentation, surface manipulations, and re-structuring the shape of the clothing. Her collection concept process along with her designs overall reflect her own life journey. The concept behind this S/S 19 collection, is inspired by the Cloud Forest conservatory in Singapore. The collection represents the complex nature of the mind in its hazy mixture of ideas and thoughts.
As forward-thinkers, designers have a variety of questions about design decisions, jobs, and finally life itself. Slowly the mind begins to clutter and ideas become unclear, tangled in a complicated mess for humans to solve. It is enclosed and trapped in an over-grown forest of thoughts. This is interpreted through asymmetrical silhouettes, structural shapes and organic textures present in the collection. The exploration of this idea will be further emphasized through an extensive use of various surface techniques.
Overall the collection intends to communicate the tangibility of one’s inner thoughts.