Sat. Sep 23rd, 2023
    Susan Fang Explores the Intersection of Artificial Intelligence and Nature

    Susan Fang, the rising Chinese designer known for her ability to infuse emotion into her garments, showcased her spring collection that delved into the relationship between artificial intelligence (AI) and the natural world. Despite the fears surrounding AI, Fang aimed to romanticize the concept by exploring how robots can connect with the human subconscious.

    One of the standout features of the show was a 20-foot architectural structure at the center of the runway. The metallic figure, made from metal poles and technical fabric, represented a winged robot ascending to achieve a status of worship and admiration. While the statue had an imposing presence, the garments themselves exuded a delicate softness.

    The collection showcased transparent lace dresses and separates adorned with prints generated by AI technology, combined with hand-drawn floral illustrations. This fusion of technology and craftsmanship aimed to maintain a human touch while incorporating the electricity of technology. The use of air-weave smocking, a technique that created a weightless, ethereal effect, added to the collection’s theme. Flowy skirts and dresses in broderie anglaise, ruffled tulle, and netted fabrics accentuated the ethereal aesthetic.

    Among the standout pieces was a 3D dress covered in 600 protruding beads, resembling baby’s breath, meticulously handcrafted by a group of mothers in China. Fang’s accessory line featured futuristic eyewear adorned with bio-inspired flowers and a set of resin clutch bags, each representing a different tone.

    Sustainability remained a core value for Fang, with 90% of the materials sourced from surplus fabrics from luxury brands and her own print factory. This commitment to sustainability resonates with the label’s delicate, hands-on approach to innovation.

    The front row at the show, dressed in Fang’s creations, emphasized the growing following and influence of the designer. Susan Fang continues to evolve her universe while staying true to her core values and innovative approach to fashion.

    – Artificial Intelligence (AI): The simulation of human intelligence in machines that can perform tasks that typically require human intelligence, such as problem-solving and learning.
    – Air-weave smocking: A technique that involves layering strips of fabric to create a lightweight, flowing effect.

    Source: The source article was used as material for this adaptation.