Chet Lo is an Asian American designer and recent graduate of Central Saint Martins’ BA Knitwear course. Hailing from New York City, Lo jumped across the pond to attend Saint Martins’ Foundation course. With an early interest in textiles, he was drawn to the possibilities and innovation that knitwear could bring. After interning at Proenza Schouler and Maison Margiela under John Galliano, Lo debuted his graduate collection Cindiaria’s Wife. Lo’s work brings together Asian heritage and Western aesthetics. Even before the outbreak of Covid-19, Lo could see that people were not excited by the future and he wanted to change that narrative. Inspired by Japanese comics, the 50s, and Barbarella he meshed futurism with classic feminine silhouettes. Using 3D software Lo took scans of the human body, sliced it, and made it into a pattern that would result in his ‘Saturn dress that takes the classic ultra-feminine shape of a New Look era dress and combines it with the technology that makes us excited for the future’. We may be in lockdown but Lo’s lookbook takes his girls all around the galaxy. Lo did the glam himself: The wigs were handmade by the designer and also did the full body beat. Not only completing his collection in quarantine with flair but also becoming a multi-hyphenate!
Edward Gaskin, BA (Hons) Fashion Journalism