Ming-I Hsu is an interdisciplinary fashion designer of conceptual womenswear. She specialises in print design and textile surface experiments, with a focus on fabric manipulation and sculptural garment construction.

Ming-I graduated from Fu Jen University with BA Fashion Design in Taiwan. She earned a Distinctive Award for her Graduate Degree Show, along with the honour of becoming a finalist in the 2015 Young Pin Design Award. To pursue a masters degree in Fashion, she moved to London to study at Kingston University.

In 2017, Ming-I was professionally trained in several high-end fashion brands including CIMONE, DAVID KOMA, and Preen by Thornton Bregazzi. Currently, she is working for SAFiYAA London as a design assistant responsible for both couture garment and accessory collection. She is also working on a collaboration project with Givaudan Scent Company to produce textile surface designs, along with packaging design campaigns for their fragrance products.

As a designer who always see fashion as an art form, the centre to Ming-I’s aesthetics is to explore the relationship between human body’s inner self, outer self, and the garment itself. Additionally, the multi-interdisciplinary inspiration are also indispensable supports in her design process.

Projects

Rethink Feminism

Personal Project

Fashion Design & Styling (2019)

The Overlapping Space

MA Major Project

Fashion Design (2017)

The Smell of Distance – Part 1

Givaudan Scent Project

Textile Surface Design (2017)

The Smell of Distance – Part 2

Givaudan Scent Project

Print & Packaging Design (2017)

Parasitism – Part 1

BA Final Major Project

Fashion Design (2015)

Parasitism – Part 2

BA Final Major Project

Fashion Design (2015)

Fragileness

Collaboration Project

Print Design & Filmmaking (2016)

Japanese Impressionism

Fashion & Print Design (2016)

Displace-Mental

Fashion Design (2016)

Grunge Erosion

Fashion Photography (2015)

Rethink Feminism


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This womenswear collection aims to explore the diverse facets of women, by decoding the development of feminism in fashion history. It also provokes discussion of how 'femininity' is represented as stereotyped design elements in garment design. Such elements include lace, bow tie, skirts, silk satin, translucent fabric, fitted patterns, and floral prints. These symbols of style seems to be expendable, as designers nowadays try to position themselves as powerful feminists. They do so by integrating features of menswear such as suits, trousers and loose fit patterns into womenswear. It raises a provocative question: Does a woman have to dress like a man to be taken seriously?

As Simone de Beauvoir expressed in the feminist Bible 'The Second Sex', “Man is a human being with sexuality; woman is a complete individual, equal to the male, only if she too is a human being with sexuality. To renounce her femininity is to renounce a part of her humanity.” It’s possible to re-define modern women's dressing philosophy from a perspective that differs from Normcore. The compromise between male gaze and female autonomy is not only related to the length of the skirt, the revelation of bare skin, or the transparency of fabric. It is more about how women could express their genuine desires by wearing clothes. Real feminism is to embrace one’s inner character, and to accept masculinity mentally and physically. This means a woman can be sensitive and adorable, yet strong and intelligent at the same time.

This garment collection visualises such a design concept with pleats, unisex patterns, garment layering, and hardware elements. It balances the traits of men and women, as well as elegance and strength. By doing so, an angelic human form beyond the gender binary is born.

The fashion styling and art direction of this collection are also focused on the feminism paradox, with an interesting contrast between the two main functions of garments, which are revealing yet protecting at the same time. To be liberated from the appeal of dressing up to earn social status, a woman is given a choice to decide what to wear on her body, how to wear these clothes, and how to use garments as proof of her own identity. Furthermore, she can choose whether or not to be defined by any kind of beauty standard.


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Photographer: Cielo Yu

Fashion Designer / Stylist: Ming-I Hsu

Art Director / Set Designer: Sunny Chiu

Make-up & Hair: Zhi Zhi

Make-up & Hair Assistant: Ted Kuo

Model: Kate Usok

The Overlapping Space


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"How does lighting affect our spatial perception, and in what ways can this be visualised in garment construction?"

Spatial perception is vital to observe the orientation of objects, and the environment that surrounds us. The ability to comprehend two and three dimensions depends heavily on our perception of space. Architecture, for example, utilises spatial perception to envision structures from various angles. However, space cannot be visualised without light. This raises the following questions: How does light construct space? How does the interaction between light and shadow influence the viewer's perception of a certain object? Is it possible to alter dimensions of space by manipulating natural and artificial light?

This conceptual womenswear project is to explore the intricate interation between architecture and lighting, with the great architect Stevel Holl's design philosophy applied, to interprete the spatial relationship between human body, the environment, and the garment itself.


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Designer: Ming-I Hsu

Photographer: Ezzidin Alwan

Make-up & Hair: Andrew Velasquez

Model: Mila Alex

Lighting Assistant: Max van Mesdag, Lanhua Huang

The Smell of Distance – Part 1


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This collaboration project with Givaudan Scent Company is to translate the "Shadow Affection" fragrance into visible language, with textile surface designs and print/packaging designs.

The smell of scent can always be associated with certain type of emotion, memory or even tactile sensation. For Shadow Affection, it intrigues the feeling of distance. For example, the physical distance between two locations, the mental distance between two people who are in an unstable relationship (or technically speaking) the 3D demonstration of distance condensed into 2D photography by using different depth of field.

Additionally, this scent can also be visualised with marine color tone, mainly consisting of blue, green, cream, and white.


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Designer / Art Director: Ming-I Hsu

Photographer: Max van Mesdag

The Smell of Distance – Part 2


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This collaboration project with Givaudan Scent Company is to translate the "Shadow Affection" fragrance into visible language, with textile surface designs and print/packaging designs.

The smell of scent can always be associated with certain type of emotion, memory or even tactile sensation. For Shadow Affection, it intrigues the feeling of distance. For example, the physical distance between two locations, the mental distance between two people who are in an unstable relationship (or technically speaking) the 3D demonstration of distance condensed into 2D photography by using different depth of field.

Additionally, this scent can also be visualised with marine color tone, mainly consisting of blue, green, cream, and white.


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Parasitism – Part 1


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The project is inspired by the sculptures created by Kanemaki Yoshitoshi that presents a mixture of several human bodies, as well as Theory of Personalities put forward by Sigmund Freud. The conception of “putting two souls into one body which are parasitizing each other” is embodied by these conceptual art works, and executed under no limitation for garment construction.


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Designer: Ming-I Hsu

Photographer: Leo Liu

Hair & Make-up: L.H Wu

Model: Rong Chen

Parasitism – Part 2


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The project is inspired by the sculptures created by Kanemaki Yoshitoshi that presents a mixture of several human bodies, as well as Theory of Personalities put forward by Sigmund Freud. The conception of “putting two souls into one body which are parasitizing each other” is embodied by these conceptual art works, and executed under no limitation for garment construction.


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Designer: Ming-I Hsu

Photographer: Leo Liu

Hair & Make-up: L.H Wu

Model: Rong Chen

Fragileness


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Gesture language — no matter whether random gestures that give more hints to support the spoken language, or the sign language for deaf people — both are significant ways to conduct conversations. Through these visual means of communicating with gestures, facial expression and body language, people with hearing impairments develop their own information exchanging culture.

The process of people talking by signs is like invisible emotions and thoughts flourishing among their fingers and the whole body. Based on this understanding, we decide to create a series of photo shoots expressing inner struggles and conflicts. In this project, plan of utilizing the projection technique to visualise this imagination for communication has been made.


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    Using withered rose and broken leaves as the main visual factors to create the vision of spatial distortion. The boiled depressed emotion continuing rolling in the deep inside one’s heart, with thin surface tension supporting one’s sheer thread of rationality, keeping oneself from losing his/her purity.

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    Rendering cold tone to construct one’s inner brain, while complicated memory coding language symbolizes dark secret—the one you cannot tell a soul. The dialogue between one and his/her Id self silently drowns into the flowing words with transparent but blazing atmosphere to express unknown feeling.

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    Creating imagery with fragments of broken ruins as the background, with chains and ropes tying up one’s struggle from escape. One cannot do anything but being imprisoned by a virtual jail built up by one’s hidden dark secret, suffocated inevitably by heart-broken emotion.


Director: Sunny Chiu

Photographer: Mose Photography

Producer: Ming-I Hsu

Stylist: Sunny Chiu

Model: Rong Chen

Print designer: Ming-I Hsu

Soundtrack: H1987 “Astral”

Japanese Impressionism


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The project is to deconstruct and reconstruct Japanese culture with concept of spatial distortion and the contrast between concretisation and abstraction, mix traditional and contemporary materials into innovative print development, as well as artisan textile experiments.


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Designer: Ming-I Hsu

Photographer: Leo Liu

Hair & Make-up: L.H Wu

Model: Jessica Kuo

Displace Mental


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The project is to explore the concept of incompletion in terms of Gestalt Psychology. Sometimes we rather see "Incompletion" as the synergy of several broken parts than a defective individual.

Skills like misplacing, overlapping, and cut-out to displace certain clothing parts from where they should be is used, thus redefines a new way to integrate garment construction.


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Designer: Ming-I Hsu

Photographer: Leo Liu

Hair & Make-up: L.H Wu

Model: Jildou Heijungs

Grunge Erosion


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Collaboration project with stylist Sunny Chiu.

To explore the sub-culture phenomenon like ‘90s Grunge fashion, along with the unorthodox beauty lies in homeless chic.


Photographer: Ming-I Hsu

Model: Kelly Sun

Make-up & hair: Sunny Chiu

Clothing designers: Sunny Chiu, Zoe Yeh

Gallery

Print development (2016)
Illustration (2017)
Photography (2017)
Photography (2016)
Photography (2017)
Illustration (2017)
Print development (2016)
Textile experiment (2016)
Print development (2016)
Collage (2017)
Textile experiment (2017)
Illustration (2017)
Photography (2016)
Photography (2017)
Textile experiment (2017)
Photography (2017)
Collage (2016)
Photography (2016)
Photography (2017)
Collage & drawing (2016)
Photography (2016)
Collage & drawing (2016)
Photography (2016)
Collage & drawing (2016)
Collage (2016)
Textile experiment (2017)
Photography (2016)
Textile experiment (2016)
Textile experiment (2016)
Design details (2017)
Collage & illustration (2016)
Collage & sketch (2015)
Collage & drawing (2016)
Collage & drawing (2016)
Sketch (2015)
Photography (2017)
Collage & sketch (2014)
Photography (2017)
Collage & sketch (2014)
Collage (2016)
Sketch (2016)
Photography (2016)
Collage & drawing (2016)
Photography (2017)
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Collage (2015)

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