Fashion Mirage | HKFDA
Fashion Mirage is a catwalk show held by Hong Kong Fashion Designers Association (HKFDA) in 2016, gathering the best works from 50 Hong Kong fashion designers. Inspired by local cultures as well as the collection of designer outfits, five themes, namely Zentype, Cosmopolis, Electrified Fog, Colour Flutter and Urban Glow, in the show featured the city’s most significant lifestyle, aesthetics and values.
The first scene is Zentype, originated from the word Zen (禪). Buddism is one of the most important religions in Hong Kong, similar to other cities in China. Its influence is omnipresent across the city, often seen in forms of literature, calligraphy, architecture, paintings and everyday dialogue. With the aid of these elements, we presented 6 Chinese characters, including “心” (heart), “幻” (illusion), “法” (dhara), “緣” (destiny) and “空” (emptiness) to highlight significant concepts from the religion. In these typographic designs, we seek the materialistic evolution and succession of Buddhism throughout the long history of the city, as well as the interaction between the local culture and its philosophy.
Despite its peoples’ traditional Chinese religious values, Hong Kong is essentially a modern and international city for its colonial history. The second scene Cosmopolis presents the views of a skyscraper city from up in the air, touring the audience across the magnificent virtual city. Buildings in Hong Kong have been constructed even taller in the past decades because of land shortage, which, however, turn its landscapes into exclusive sceneries. This part is a miniature simulation of the spectacular view, providing a city background for urban streetwear on the catwalk stage.
Apart from skyscrapers, we find neon lights, despite its disappearance over the decades, one of our city’s iconic character, and thus the third scene – Electrified Fog. “The way in which it lights a space is like fog over a city. It just sort of engulfs everything.” exactly how the renowned cinematographer Christopher Doyle describes about neon signs in Hong Kong, streetscapes at night were extremely characterised by these electrified tubes of gases in the 80s to early 00s, with typographic or calligraphic styles that are exclusive to Hong Kong, such as Northern Wei style (北魏體). To locals, neon lights are like nostalgic memories of the past, as portrayed in the scene – they flow in tunnels like memory lane and are attached to scaffolds, like a fantasy of the city’s glamours. This is a scene that resembles and reminds the audience of the vibrance and flamboyance of the city in the old times.
Colour Flutter is a scene that sees the city’s passions and endurance in celebrating ancient festivals, where some are intangible parts of China’s cultural heritage, such as the Cheung Chau Bun Festival. These festivals are often to drive away plague and devil spirits, praying for the deaths as well as celebrating the greatness of ancient heroes. Flags are extensively used in Chinese festivals, to decorate and spread the festive mood, where in the scene, one will see imagined drama of the flags in different colours dancing and whirling in the air. They form words in Chinese like “節慶” (festivals), “合家平安” (wish for the safety and peace in the family), “風調雨順” (wish for good weather), as if it is a greeting from and celebration among the flags in a local manner.
Urban Glow is the last scene of the show, highlighting the breathtaking night view in Hong Kong. Generated by algorithms, the animation consists of points of lights that gather to form virtual buildings. These glows signify homes that give warmth to its members, as well as offices where people work till late, indicating the prosperity of the city. Dancing like waveforms, the generated cityscape is a metaphor for the buoyancy of the city, while the aerial view similar to a maze sees its complexity, illustrating the inherently sophisticated urban landscape in Hong Kong.
The motion designs created in the above scenes are not only manifestations of Hong Kong’s culture – its deep-rooted Chinese values and way of living along with its metropolitan identity – but also to summon up how the city holds a multi-layer identity and infinite energy.
DATE | TIME
7 September 2016 | 9:00 pm
3/F, Grand Hall, HKCEC, 1 Expo Drive, Wan Chai, Hong Kong