After making her Paris Fashion Week debut in the spring of 2012, Chinese fashion designer Masha Ma presented her new ready-to-wear S/S 14 collection last week in the French capital. Women’s Wear Daily had this to say about the collection:
Designer Masha Ma turned to graphic artist Neville Brody for visual support this season. The geometric motifs they created, inspired by visual renderings of sound waves, looked fresh and modern on a series of body-conscious silhouettes. High-waisted pencil skirts with long zippers in front or back were at the center of the collection, which was based on a palette of white, black and turquoise.
Establishing herself quickly after graduating London’s Central St. Martins in 2008, Ma’s career has taken off since her graduate collection was shown at London Fashion Week and snatched up by London’s hip B Store. Today, she enjoys attention from the likes of Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar, and found a major fan in Lady Gaga, who wore one of her pieces to meet U.S. President Barack Obama.
Unlike some Chinese designers, Masha Ma’s work rarely highlights its Chinese heritage, and she was recently quoted saying, “I care more about ‘where it will be’ rather than ‘where it comes from.'” As a recipient of many accolades for her sophisticated and architectural ready-to-wear designs, Ma is a major driving force in the movement to reclaim the quality of the “made-in-China” image.