A screenshot of Yi Zhou's "East-Meets-West" short film
Jing Daily regularly spotlights some of China's up-and-coming young designers, from Beijing's Vega Zaishi Wang to Shanghai's Jenny Ji, and now it seems that interest in Chinese designers is spreading in major fashion hubs like New York. This week, Women's Wear Daily reports, Nicola Formichetti -- best known as Lady Gaga's stylist -- along with the Chinese video artist Yi Zhou (previously on Jing Daily) and the Chinese media group Modern Weekly, will launch a pop-up exhibition of work by nine young Chinese designers in New York's Tribeca, bringing Chinese fashion to a wider audience.
In addition to styling looks created by nine Chinese designers – which include Shao Yan Chen, Qiu Hao, Joseph Li, Masha Ma, Uma Wang, Du Yang, Jin Chong Yu, Xiao Yu, and Huishan Zhang – the Lady Gaga stylist and Mugler creative director will unveil a short film created by Zhou (also the art director of Tudou, the Chinese YouTube). The two shot the “East-meets-West” themed video in Chinatown, Brooklyn and various other neighborhoods throughout the city – and the film will play on display screens throughout the store.
“For my pop-up store I wanted to create a living, breathing organism with multiple inspirations that change daily,” Formichetti told WWD. “We wanted to merge east meets west. I wanted to be able to invite all the Chinese people, no matter if they are in New York or not.”
The result: an online performance that spans social networks such as Weibo (A Chinese microblogging platform), Tudou, Twitter and Facebook – and rumor has it that Lady Gaga might even stop by.
The "Nicola's" pop-up, located at 50 Walker Street, will open through September 22.