Junyi Ye is taking lockdown couture to new heights. The 21 year old Print designer is on a regeneration mission, taking everyday items and turning them into fun, fresh, and comfortable garments. Having spent eight years living in southern Spain, she developed a keen interest in North African and Middle Eastern art and design. Today, Ye takes inspiration from objects such as carpets, cushions and curtains, her travels to Marrakesh, as well as the work of sculptor Anna Uddenberg, and 50s tailoring by Cristóbal Balenciaga.
Internships at Victoria Beckham and Rokh have allowed her to gain real-world experience, but she still feels the need to learn and develop, aiming to complete a Master’s degree before venturing into the industry.
On the creation of her final collection, she explains that she quickly adapted to a situation she felt would last longer than predicted. ‘I knew it was going to happen’, she shares, adding that she felt more inspired during lockdown due to her desire to explore the links between fashion and everyday life. The result is a five-look collection of delightful deconstruction: dip-dyed towel skirts, tablecloth bodysuits, football-shirt patchwork, laser-cut carpet coats and spa-slipper pumps are all on the menu.
Roland Dupuy, BA Fashion Journalism