MM: Can you introduce your brand and yourself in a few sentences?
My brand name is Wanli, that means we would design for any shapes and any age, let them make pretty and fashionable.
For me , I am a pretty young lady in our age, I am 63 years old, but I am fashionable, classic, lively and cheerful, that really like my design’s style.
MM: Can you describe your creative process?
I am a modeling teacher for 20 years, everytime I help the designer to complete the show , I always catch sight of the design that how can make it better. So I get mind to make the garments by myself.
MM: Where do you find inspiration in your day-to-day life?
Yes, more in my modeling teacher job. And apart of from my Royal family.
MM: What kind of questions do you ask yourself when you begin creating a collection?
Is that a collection suits for the common people? Is that practical?
MM: How has your work evolved since you began your own label?
No, that is since I taught modeling class. Many students wanted to wear better garments.
MM: How do you find working as a designer? Has the culture/surroundings affected your design aesthetic? Do you feel connected to your home?
I was born in Beijing, my royal family’s culture/ Beijing as a capital of China that surroundings affected my design aesthetic. My design often connected to my hometown.
MM: What sparked your interest in fashion design?
I helped many shows to choose the model, therefore I could know how standard of professional design , I feel I would do well also.
MM: How did you learn the business of fashion?
From many business shows and events.
MM: What is your favourite part of being a designer? What drives you to design?
Designer like an artist, that could make the garments like an artwork. And kind like this artworks people can wear it to anywhere, to show anybody, to have sparked people good feeling, I think this is cool.
For my design that can make people looks nicer whether they are shape good or whatever.
MM: What is the inspiration behind your S/S19 collection to be showcased at Vancouver Fashion Week?
National extraction and royal culture in Beijing. National extraction, the inspiration is from traditional Chinese dramatic culture patterns. The color of the garments is red for the royal Chinese.
Thank you for telling us about your journey into fashion design. We can’t wait to see Wanli show at Vancouver Fashion Week for the SS19 season.
Check Wanli ‘s website http://wanli.multimediapress.cn/.