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In Paris, in 1996, Rei Kawakubo shocked even the perma-jaded fashion set when she successfully tackled the seemingly unbridgeable oxymoron “Quasimodo chic” with her collection of dresses sprouting padded fabric tumors out of the derrieres, backs, bellies, and hips. Nicknamed “lumps and bumps”, Comme des Garcon’s S/S 1997 collection took explorations of volume and space in fashion to new, dizzying heights. Almost fifteen years later, star Central St. Martin’s MA Knitwear student Shao-Yen Chen, presented a very “body becomes dress becomes body becomes dress”-informed collection of confectionary lily-white minidresses whose shimmering nylon/cashmere/lycra threading puffed out into pom-pom-esque bulges. The effect was that the models were transformed into mythic swan, poodle, and lamb-like creatures, with their white minidresses serving as high-minded pieces of modernist art bridging the breach between human and animal. Since then, Shao-Yen has introduced royal and ice blues, nudes and even black into the formerly blanc palette, and showed his A/W 2011 collection in department store Selfridge’s “Bright Young Things” window exhibition during London Fashion Week. OAKAZINE caught up with Shao-Yen Chen.

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New York Never Sleeps – SXSW

Clay Ketter