Sunday, January 24, 2010

Fashion at the Speed of Life: Indonesia's Steven Huang

The Indonesian fashion scene continually proves itself an unstoppable force, simultaneously embracing its famed designers while ushering in burgeoning talent. One hot newcomer is Jakarta’s own Steven Huang, whose cutting-edge creations, unconventional working methods and meticulous attention to detail led those at an event organized by Cosmopolitan magazine at Immigrant in Plaza Indonesia on Wednesday to agree that they were in the presence of one of the next big designers.

“My fashion designs make women look sexy and avant-garde” says the 27-year-old, whose fans and customers agree that his designs — which very rarely use patterns and are born of mere muse and fabric draped on a mannequin — defy convention. And while the process of taking an outfit from its birth on a mannequin to its debut on a night out might seem lengthy, the adroit designer’s dresses are finished in anywhere from a few hours to a couple of days, pleasing even the most relentless customer.

He pinches and stitches fabric here and there to create a sexy silhouettes. There is no fitting after the dresses are finished, yet his designs feel their way across each of the body’s contours precisely. He works extremely fast, combining several fabrics and adding details like bows, frills and strands of silvery chains to complete his creations.

Originally from Riau, this up-and-comer only recently decided to go full-tilt into the fashion industry.


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