With her short bob haircut and delicate frame, Momo Wang has the stature of a woman from Shanghai in the 1920s and 1930s, but don’t be fooled. For a young woman of 26, from the little known Chinese city, Jinzhou, she has already has 70,000 loyal followers on Weibo.
Wang started studying for a degree in Beijing in Inter-cultural Communincations but realised this was not for her and decided to turn her hand to fashion. Refusing to let people put her down she applied without any formal training to Central St Martins (CSM), arguably the world’s most famous fashion school. A CSM representative attended an education fair encouraging Chinese students to apply and Wang soon got to work compiling a portfolio, academic recommendations and a personal statement. She bought a sewing machine and began working in her university dorm but when her seven fellow dorm mates complained of the noise she rented a basement room seven square metres for £20 a month. Working day and night, Wang picked apart clothing, teaching herself how garments were constructed, staged photo shoots and played with ideas.
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Momo Wang’s new collection Wave ‘Hand’ is inspired by fabrics from the 20’s and 30’s that Momo collected with a desire to turn them into wearable clothes again after surviving for so long. The upcycled fabrics is mixed with new to form an interesting blend of old and handmade with artifical.
BA Collection from Central Saint Martins 2011
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