Po Chieh Chiu

University / School:
shih chien university
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Collection – I'm a Traveller Wearing My Background

This collection is about me in a dilemma between my dreams and my familial expectations.

I describe myself as a traveller, wandering between the city where I live and my hometown, Shetou.

In Shetou there are a lot of old traditional Taiwanese houses made from bricks plastered in a layer of cement. These bricks became the most important element in my collection, not only representing my hometown but also inspiring the colour, texture and patterns in the collection.

Using computer knitting software I created my own patterns and designs to symbolize the bricks and concrete. Then to make it even more realistic I arranged these knitted panels into a staggered layout. I then blended the knitted panels and woollen fabrics together by using a felting process and thus creating a unified fabric.

The collections silhouette, over-sized with dropped shoulders and high-necks, was inspired by the boxy, square shapes of the local houses and I also wanted to create a feeling of the burden and heaviness that I have seen in old photos of local farmers and workers in the area.Like the contrast of the soft felted wool against my collections staunch shapes, these buildings have a heavy burden, but they continue to stand strong till this day.

Fashion Films

I come from a small town called Shetou in the countryside of Taiwan, where my parents own and operate a small towel factory. As a child I would watch, play and help in the factory and I believe this where my fascination with design began. I once designed a “Frog” for a new towel design and it was so popular we had to make a second order; thus sparking a new flame in my mind. ​ Looking for new skills and ways to express myself, I enrolled in the Fashion Design School at Shih Chien University and I have never looked back! I am now a graduate student majoring in Fashion Design and looking forward to a bright future ahead. I put a lot of effort into my graduate collection and tried skills that were new to me, such as Machine-Knitting and Felting. Experimenting with new techniques is where I think real design happens, figuring out how to make things work and creating surprising results. I will never stop learning, creating and trying new and different things. <experience> Former intern at Jason Wu New York Studio / The winner of Swarovski International Catwalk Competition at Graduate Fashion Week 2017, London / Shih Chien University graduate fashion show 2017, avant-garde, winner / Collection been showcased around in Taipei, Beijing, Shanghai, London, Dubai Fashion Forward 2017 / International Talent Support 2018 -One of ten fashion finalists