Vogue editor-in-chief, Anna Wintour, has nothing but good things to say about Chinese designers and the blooming fashion industry in the Asian country. However, her advice for budding designers is to first work with designers who have established their own global brand and learn how the industry works.
In an interview with CNN, the fashion editor explained that Chinese designers enrolling fashion institutes in the US have significantly grown these past few years. The fashion icon is not opposed to this migration: she encourages it. Wintour described that designers whom she had the opportunity to meet while speaking in front of aspiring designers were very hardworking.
One that stood out from the pack is young designer, Uma Wang, It should come as no surprise that one of the most important, if not THE most important, personality in fashion is a fan of the Chinese people's sense of style.
Earlier this year, fashion industry leaders, celebrities, supermodels, and basically every A-lister converged at the Metropolitan Museum's Costume Institute in the heart of New York City. The theme for this year's gala is China: Through the Looking Glass, reported the New York Times. Guests were encouraged to take the theme at heart and dress accordingly (which, of course, only a few followed).
Wintour also spoke about social media and the role it plays in helping young talents find their mark in the world. Even with technology, making things so much simpler now, she still thinks that working under someone who has made a name for themselves and learning from them is the best way to break into the fashion scene.
"What I tell designers from China or whatever country they might is that one of the problems that young designers today is that because through the Internet and social media, so many of them become so famous so quickly," Wintour stated. "I think that's pitiful in that it is quite unfortunate that it is so easy to be famous today that it is less easy it is to be successful."