Fashions Fade, Style Is Eternal

Getting To Know Eva Chen

In Interviews on February 20, 2012 at 7:13 am

I met Eva Chen last year when I was Head Stylist for Vancouver Fashion Week. I remember this vibrant woman coming through the doors for model castings with a buzz of people around her .  Her garments weren’t with her at the time but from her persona, I knew they were going to be glamorous, sophisticated and elegant – I was right, her garments hit the runway showing clean and feminine but edgy lines in a mixture of leather, fur, studs and lace.

Over the months – we’ve kept in touch and I’ve had the honor of using a few of Eva’s pieces for shoots and I’m always taken aback by how down to earth and warm she is.  I caught up with Eva a few weeks ago to gain more insight into this creative lady.

The gorgeous Eva taking a bow.

Q&A

1. Tell me a little about yourself.  What is your educational background? What are your general professional and non-professional interests?

I am from an artistic family. I studied Er Hu, Chinese instrument, dance and singing at 6 years old till 11.  After that I changed my subjects to sketching and colour painting.  I studied fashion design and got a bachelor’s degree of art at Luxun Fine Arts University. Fashion design and oil painting are my professional interests.  Dancing and singing are my non-professional interests.

2. What does fashion mean to you?

Fashion is my blood and part of my life.

3. When did you realize you wanted to become a fashion designer?

I had a dream to becoming a fashion designer when I was 18.

4. What was the first piece of clothing you ever designed?

A pair of pants.

5. What do you like best about designing clothes?

To show my imagination and inspiration using different materials.

6. Where do you get your inspiration?

My inspiration comes any where and at any minute.

7. What are your favorite colours and fabrics to work with?

Black and white and in high end material, like silk and wool.

8. Where can readers buy your clothes?

Currently I have a studio on West Broadway Street in Vancouver and a store in Shanghai and I will have online shopping coming soon.  I will be setting up stores in Beijing.

10. What matters to you most as a fashion designer?

Each part of the process is critical.

11. What advice do you have for aspiring fashion designers?

Fashion designer is a hard working job. Never give up!

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A few of Eva’s stunners…

VFW 2011 F/W collection

Photo creds – Daniel Jolly

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VFW 2012 S/S collection

Photo creds – Peter Jensen

You can see more of Eva’s work at www.evachen.co

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