Hailun Zhou Concept Development

3 Students, 3 Distinct Concepts: From China To NYFW via Academy of Art University

We conclude our preview of presenting designers with the following three MFA Fashion Design students: Hailun Zhou, Jelly Shan, and Ryan Yu. They cite fine art, tranquility, as well as the balance of light and darkness, as some of their inspirations. Read more to dive into their exciting and complex worlds that will come to life this Saturday, September 9th at 9:00PM EST (6:00 PM PDT) via live stream webcast of New York Fashion Week: The Shows: https://www.academyart.edu/runway

Hailun Zhou, MFA Fashion Design

Hailun Zhou. Photography by Bob Toy.

Hailun Zhou, MFA Fashion Design, was born and raised in Qing Dao, China. For this collection, Zhou was inspired by her observations and personal photographs taken on a day’s journey for a creative concept class. The collection materials include vinyl and PVC, as well as, fabrics she created by fusing different materials together. Zhou was selected for the CFDA Fashion Future Graduate Showcase (2017).  Hailun was inspired by her observations and personal photographs taken during a visit to the Oakland Museum of California (@oaklandmuseumca), as well as a piece there by artist Knud Merrild, “Volume and Space Organization”, a geometric collage sculpture of metal and wood. The museum has a strong presence in her collection, as the notation for the geographical location of the museum is incorporated into the clothes!

Hailun Zhou Concept Development

 Follow Hailun Zhou on Instagram @hailunzhou


Jelly Shan, MFA Fashion Design

Jelly Shan. Photography by Bob Toy.

Jelly Shan, MFA Fashion Design, was born and raised in Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China. Shan interned as a designer at SHUSHU/TONG and Max Studio. Her collection is inspired by the sense of tranquility she experienced during a recent trip to northwestern China. The religious environment, including the temples, clothing, and prayer rituals were especially interesting to her. Shan manipulated the original colors of materials she is using in the collection to create a new color palette and describes her collection as “girly, edgy, and fresh.”  Overall, “I want my collection to make people feel peaceful and joyful”, she says, which it most certainly will on the #NYFW runway this Saturday, September 9th in New York City.

Jelly Shan Garment Concept

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Ryan Yu, MFA Fashion Design

Ryan Yu. Photography by Bob Toy.

Ryan Yu, MFA Fashion Design, was born and raised in Shenyang, Liaoning, China. For his collection, Yu was inspired by the expression of light and the philosophy of how it leads us from darkness. While listening to “In the Light” by Led Zeppelin, Ryan’s favorite song, he thought of the concept of darkness versus light, and believed that it was “a good place to start” for his collection. Yu focuses on the construction of his garments, as he believes it is the foundation of fashion. He created forms that are futuristic, using the bold contrast of black and white in patent leather, jersey, and wool. Yu’s collection underscores the lyrics from Led Zeppelin, “in the light you will find the road”, or in this case, the inspiration.

Ryan Yu Collection Line Up

Follow Ryan Yu on Instagram @zynewyork