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Jing Jin 

Sculptural designs and stark palettes define Jin’s architecturally inspired work

  • Jennifer Murphy

For most of us, homesickness tends to manifest in the form of late-night binges on air mailed delicacies from home or a good cry into a glass of wine. Jing Jin, however, channelled her longing for her home of Changsha, China into her craft. "Because I'm a foreigner, sometimes I feel lonely," she says. "I wanted to create feelings of loneliness and strangeness in my collection." Galaxy, her collection for NSCAD's graduate fashion show, evoked a sense of isolation through what we've come to associate with futuristic design—harsh materials, stark palettes and sculptural shapes. But those designs are no longer reserved for the future—they're already here. Inspired by the mind-bending, gravity-defying designs of the revered architect Cecil Balmond, whose work has shaped the urban landscape in China and beyond, Jin translated his signature style into her clothing. The angular skirts mirror the geometric form of his CCTV building in Beijiing and her use of transparent plastics echo Balmond's peek-a-boo design for the Weave Bridge in Pennsylvania.

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