Alexa Chia Wan Yu

new york
new york
united states
University / School:
cetral saint martins
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Production Location:
united states
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For her graduation project Alexa Chia Wan Yu was inspired by reincarnation and the creation of a second life for the inanimate. She uses the wardrobe staple denim as the starting point. Throughout the collection this identity of denim undergoes material incarnations using unconventional materiality such as plexiglass with the suggestion of a classic denim garment etched into it, and translucent vinyls and polyurethanes that were similarly patterned and layered to create a sense of progression and change.
ALEXA CHIA WAN YU was born and raised in Singapore and moved to New York in 2013 to pursue a career in the arts. She studied Fashion Design at Parsons the New School of Design and has also attended a study abroad exchange with the menswear program at Central Saint Martins in 2015. Chia has always been inspired by the world around her and promotes not seeing fashion as a singular entity but in fact to blur the lines between such distinctions. Her menswear collection strives to break the conservative stereotype of the industry, this being done through pushing atypical silhouettes and unconventional self-developed textiles. Her industry experience includes working for brands such as Proenza Schouler, Alexander Wang, Nicholas K and Edun.