Today we take you to meet prominent Taiwanese fashion designer Ray Chu, who is showcasing his spring-summer collection at this year’s Taipei Fashion Week. Chu has designed red carpet gowns for several celebrities, including singer Karencici. FTV reporter Stephany Yang spoke to Chu to find out how he managed to succeed in such a competitive industry.
Models strut the catwalk wearing Ray Chu’s designs. Chu’s designs have been inspired by the sea and manta rays. The pieces were made out of recyclable materials, such as fish scales.
Manta ray represents like being courageous and bold. It echoes the value of the brand. The materials we used is from recycled fish scales. It actually kind of like tied into with the inspiration of the collection. We don’t really use things like fabric anymore. Like for this collection, 80% of the pieces or fabrics that we use is from natural fiber.
Before pursuing fashion design, Chu majored in English language early childhood education in college. After graduation, he decided to try out a different field and pursued a master’s in fashion design at Shih Chien University. In a span of just five years, he made a name for himself in the fashion industry through his courage and hard work. Chu founded his own brand in 2016. He has showcased his works at London Fashion Week, Shanghai Fashion Week, and Taipei Fashion Week.
Previously, I was an English teacher. Jumping into this whole new career as a designer, of course, there was like a long process of learning how to sew and do patterns, and making garments right? Actually, It took three years for me to actually execute and to be able to fully process all this but I overcame it. The advice I would like to provide to everyone who want to change careers. Like take me for example, I have a goal and I want to achieve it. I will find a way to achieve it. Of course, being smart and patient is quite important.
Chu has also designed red-carpet gowns for several celebrities, such as one worn by singer Karencici at the Golden Melody Awards.
We did a red carpet for her for the Golden Melody Awards, and also we did the whole like tailored pieces for some other actors in Taiwan as well. One of our goals is to be able to make the whole collection 100% sustainable or natural fibers. Of course, it is a long process as well. There are still some techniques we need to work on for sure but we are gradually moving into that.
Chu hopes to continue to develop sustainable designs for his patrons and also expand his stores internationally.
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