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Amsterdam Fashion TV: Could you tell us more about your work process?
Leonard Wong: When I was a student the curriculum was filled with rules and limitations, not allowing you to truly explore your imagination with fashion. Of course it is necessary to learn the basics of making clothing, but I felt it didn’t help me in designing them. At the beginning I hadn’t a clue where to start and I experienced many failures and embarrassing moments.
This was a huge step for me; for I felt more and more burdened with the restrictions my tutors set and thus I became rebellious. It was then I started to want to break the rules and escape from the predetermined frame of fashion.
AFTv: Do you go places to get inspired?
LW: This feeling is one of the sources of my creation; make anything that comes to mind, no matter how crazy it is. Another source is something I have loved since childhood; games and movies. The garments the characters wear helps a smooth transition into another world, almost making you believe that you are there. Of course, day to day life presents ideas and emotions that have great effect on my designs, it is thrilling to watch the construction of an idea, whether new or dormant.
AFTv: Is there a story behind the collections?
LW: Inspiration is found in the most ordinary of places. A DVD, a game, a street or even a club near my house in Shanghai. But If I want a new canvas, going abroad to Europe switches on the light.
AFTv: What are your preferred materials to work with and why?
LW: I have always loved working with leather. Its easy to work with and has a quality that enhances and embodies my surreal designs to the last note.
AFTv: Plans for the future?
LW: Soon, the release of my second line (casual clothes) will be announced. Then in 2015, my first line will take part in The Paris Collection. I hope to find a balance in both the first and second line, and develop a business in Europe and China.
AFTv: How would you describe your design aesthetic?
LW: When I design clothing, I try to keep three things in mind: Impact. Minimalism. Line. Once all of these are balanced and intertwined, the clothing makes itself. Although I have great admiration for traditional clothing, my goal is to break the design down and to reconstruct it into another form. That is my design aesthetic.
More info: www.leonardwong.net