Fitting in and standing out in a class of creatives is a hard task. QUT Fashion graduate Angela Jhang takes it all in her stride when moulding influences outside the ‘fashion norm’ to a contemporary fashion collection. We chat to Angela about her inspired collection, unique influences and what’s next.
inspired by things far removed from fashion, the concepts behind x LONG SWORD x were drawn from an outdoor play-fighting sport called “Jugger” that i had the honour to play which is a game based off the 1989 post-apocalyptic film “Salute of the Jugger”.
The easiest visual I could give of the game would be to say “medieval-play-sword-fighting”, the game uses custom made foam weapons including the ball and chain, polearm, shields, double sword, short swords and long sword, which was my weapon; hence where my collection name came from.
Other heavy influences for the collection include, what i find incredibly stylistic, and in its own unique way quite sophisticated, the aesthetics behind norwegian black metal culture. Things that inspired me were the graphics, the art, the environment and the controversial history behind the movement that happened throughout the mid 90s.
In terms of design i was aware that i was tredding on thin ice with such removed concepts, i carefully designed a cohesive contemporary collection that hinted on sportswear mannerisms from the 90s with styling influences heavily inspired heavily by cult 90s pop movies.
So you’ve finished uni… what now?
Currently re-working my lookbook with various shoots and finalising my online portfolio website whilst also working on my jewellery for potential stockists in Brisbane. And on top of all that, working full time hours to save enough pennies to move to Tokyo.
If you could be mentored by any fashion authority in the world, who would it be?
Straight up – Raf Simons (Creative Director of Jil Sander and Raf Simons). I have an immense amount of respect for him as a contemporary designer and am a huge fan of everything hes done for menswear. His work in the 80s/90s have inspired me so much to keep believing in myself.
What would be your first question of them?
Why are you so awesome.
What do you think your biggest challenge will be now?
Saving up enough money to move myself comfortably overseas and coming to terms with the idea that i might be poor till im at least 40 or at least til i have finally worked up to my dream role.
How do you think living in Brisbane will influence your next career steps?
For any creative graduate or person living in Brisbane, its safe to say we can all see Brisbane is definitely growing and developing in its own pace. Brisbane has been great to study and grow up in, it offers so much support and close networks as its still quite a small city. However although Brisbane has been amazing, as far as fashion goes the worlds biggest luxury houses and emerging designers that im interested in reside overseas. my intuition is to travel and work overseas and learn as much as i can, because ive still got much more left to learn before i can rule the world, competently.
What do you want the world to know about you?
Im pretty comfortable with the idea of anonymity at this point really.
If I was a genie and could grant you 3 wishes… what would they be?
1: my own in-house yoga instructor, in-house chef and masseuse
2: My own aeroplane and the skill for me to fly it without crashing
3: To be fluent in Japanese, French, Spanish and italian.
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