Qiu Hao

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 14 December, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 14 December, 2008, 12:00am

Who started it? Qiu Hao was born in Jiangsu province and showed an early talent for design. He went to Suzhou University to study interior design then bought a sewing machine and taught himself dressmaking.

After graduating in 2001, he moved to Shanghai to help launch fashion label NeitherNor and open a boutique, OneByOne. In 2004, he enrolled in a course in women's wear at Central Saint Martin's College of Art and Design in London. Two years later he returned to Shanghai to launch his own label. He made headlines with his sought-after 'Beetle' padded jacket. He has won several prestigious awards, including the Woolmark Prize, which launched the careers of Yves Saint Laurent and Karl Lagerfeld.

Earlier this year he launched his 'Open Atelier' workshop-showroom-fashion play-ground in Shanghai, allowing the public to visit his place of work for the first time. He is regarded as one of China's most influential and avant-garde designers.

Why we love it: Qiu is one of the few main-land designers who think conceptually with designs that seem simple but feature complicated cuts.

Most of his designs are deconstructed, making them look avant-garde but elegant, thanks to his use of expensive and innovative fabrics. His clothes feature lots of drapes and dangling fabric, which he uses to create volume. His current collection features reissued archive pieces in black.

What we'd pick: a sheer extended front chiffon wrap skirt with a bondage feel (HK$3,880), the cashmere open jacket (far left; HK$5,280) and the beautifully cut cash-mere cropped jacket (left; HK$4,880).

Where can you get it? A selection of Qiu's work is available at Dysemevas, 256 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, or www.dysemevas.com.