In celebration of International Women's Day, we want to highlight women—from Hong Kong's leading female poets, movies featuring women to inspiring quotes by female Tatler friends. And at the forefront of those making waves for women, particularly Asian women, are our very own female Asian designers.
While pioneers like Simone Rocha, Chitose Abe, Rei Kawakubo and many others have already paved the way in the fashion industry, these emerging names are a class of their own, whether it's because of their whimsical designs, innovative and sustainable approach or their romantic dresses. Get to know these emerging female Asian designers already on their way to cementing their place in the world of fashion.
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1. Supriya Lele
Supriya Lele's big break may have been being one of the eight finalists of the prestigious LVMH Prize in 2020 but before that, she has already been making waves in the fashion industry. Her MA collection caught the eye of Fashion East director, Lulu Kennedy in 2017 and eventually being one of the recipients. In 2018, Lele was one of the awareness of the British Council's NewGen sponsorship.
Prior to her debut at London Fashion Week as part of the Fashion East showcase, the British-Indian designer launched her eponymous fashion brand in 2016. Lele's designs showcase not only her Indian roots but also pay respect for the craft and sustainability—something that's always been part of India's heritage. Her sheer, coloured-blocked layers is a shadow of a modern sari, echoing a thread of timelessness.