TAIPEI (TAIWAN) – This Taiwanese designer uses recycled wires and bolts from the power industry to add zing to high fashion couture.
Thirty-six year old Wang Li-ling who collects pieces of metal and wires from Taiwan’s major electricity supplier, says “For example, there’s quite a lot of material from Taipower that they have phased out.”
“These materials have been used for more than 20 or 30 years. At least more than 10 years. So their colour or the mottled feeling they give you is different from new material,” Wang adds
Her designs had a futuristic feel to it with these add-ons and received a warm reception at a fashion show in Taipei on Friday.
Taiwanese lifestyle influencer Andrew Chen, who was at the show said “Actually, it is my first time seeing a Taiwan fashion designer turning recycled things into new ideas.” “Everyone knows the fashion industry is about fast fashion. And it is wasteful. It expanded my horizons today that I saw how to use old materials to create something new, and then present it with creativity.”
Taiwan has turned out to be a popular destination for trendy tourists in pre-coronavirus times with its up-and-coming fashion scene and designers who have begun to make an impact globally.
Due to COVID-19, Taipei Fashion Week was moved online in October and featured live shows, a move to show the island’s successful effort keep the illness in control.