The KALTBLUT team have been following “Ming Studio” for some time, always impressed with their design rich and intelligent textile design, matched with an effortless silhouette theres not much not to love about their unique point of view. We were lucky enough to get the chance to speak to the designer about their work and plans for the future.
KALTBLUT: How would you describe your self and your work?
Ming Studio: Subtle, gentle yet rebellious.
KALTBLUT: Tell us about your journey that led you to this point.
Ming Studio: I started the brand after I leave university. It has been a learning curve since I started from Fashion Scout’s Ones To Watch. I knew very little about the business side of things in fashion industry. The only thing in my head was my collections. I started taking it seriously as a business in my third season, and that was when I started reaching out for government sponsorships and fundings from Taiwanese government and UKFT. I also started having interns to help me with technical works, such as pattern alterations, cutting and toiling. I still design, source and make patterns every season, but now I spend considerably large amount of time dealing with paper works.
KALTBLUT: What would you say this is the biggest influence to your design process.
Ming Studio: Personal experiences and instinct. My collections always reflect my life at that time. They are like my seasonal journal, telling what I have been thinking, doing, reading, etc. When I start a collection, I always start from a feeling, a vague image of how the collection should look and feel like. I harness this feeling and carry it though the process of selecting.
KALTBLUT: How would you describe the studio Ming Studio Guy/Girl?
Ming Studio: A combination of power and fragility. They are comfortable in their own colour and they accept the contradictions in them.
KALTBLUT: What’s your inspection behind your current collection?
Ming Studio: SS16 was a collection about my late grandfather, and we used Alzheimer’s Disease as a medium to convey the pathos of life and the inevitability of mortality. Life and death is a process, so is forgetting. I think the perfect example for people to understand the concept is the film “Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind”.
KALTBLUT: What has been the high light to you career so far?
Ming Studio: Be selected as one of the brands presenting collections in BFC’s designer showroom.
KALTBLUT: Who’s your dream client?
Ming Studio: Grimes. I like her music and I can imagine she wears Ming-Studio on stage.
KALTBLUT: Who’s your favourite fashion icon?
Ming Studio: Yohji Yamamoto, if he is seen as a fashion icon. I admire the way he injects philosophy in what he creates.
KALTBLUT: For all the aspiring designers currently out there, what advise would you give them to get into this profession?
Ming Studio: Be brave and be prepared for mistakes. You will make tons of mistakes and wrong decisions. But you need to adapt the situation and learn from it quickly. Self-loathing never gets you anywhere.
KALTBLUT: What does 2016 hold for Ming Studio?
Ming Studio: We just moved to Dalston so everything is quite new and exciting. At the moment, we are sampling AW16 and we feel it is a fresh direction to us, and we are really looking forward to seeing what people think.
KALTBLUT: What was the last music track you listened too?
Ming Studio: Lapsley, Station.
KALTBLUT: What do you do to let your hair down?
Ming Studio: I genuinely enjoy the first cigarette in the morning. It relaxes me but in the same time it lets me be prepared for the day. Last time I got drunk was in Paris after Paris Fashion Week. I really don’t like the taste of alcohol.
KALTBLUT: Whats the best thing about being you?
Ming Studio: I think my best quality as a person is I have a lot of patience. I guess that’s one of the reasons I am still running the business.
KALTBLUT: If you were an animal what would you be?
Ming Studio: A cat for sure. So I could just be rude to everyone and they would still find me adorable.
KALTBLUT: Where can people buy your work?
Ming Studio: They can purchase our pieces on our online shop, where we upload different items regularly.
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OHH! No. 207, Nanchang Road, Section 2, Zhongzheng District, Taipei City, Taiwan 100
Photography: Karl Slater www.facebook.com/karlslaterphotographer
Styling: Kennedy Silver kennedysilverstyling.tumblr.com
Hair & Makeup: Jo Lorrimer Using MAC and Bubble and bubble www.jolorrimer.com
Model: Veronika V from D1 Models
Wardrobe: Ming Studio
Photography Assistant: Orestes Economou
Text: Karl Slater