Monday, 11 October 2021

Taipei Fashion Week: Dialogue Between Art and Fashion

Written by Roxanne Chen
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Taipei Fashion Week officially started its multimedia fashion show on the 7th of October in Ambi Space One at the Songshan Cultural and Creative Park.

Always an over-the-top, full media blitz event, this year’s Taipei Fashion Week will feature an immersive, high-tech 5G experience that integrates virtual art with traditional physical runway shows.

The inaugural presentation exemplifies multiple guiding themes for this year’s event: Sustainability, Functionality, Diversity, Cross Collaboration, and Humanity. The Ministry of Culture worked to make Taipei Fashion Week one of the four major fashion weeks in Asia, synchronizing with similar celebrations held in Tokyo, Seoul, and Shanghai.

'Fashion week is an especially exciting time for us, allowing us to express the full range and diversity of Taiwanese artistry and digital design,' said Taipei Fashion Week representatives. 'This year we will feature brilliant combinations of six Taiwanese designer brands and artists who bring together art and fashion while partnering with Chunghwa Telecom’s 5G to transmit and stream multimedia images, technological music, and visual effects. The cross-domain and cross-venue cooperation creates a completely new way to choreograph a runway experience – promising a show that attendees will find absolutely unforgettable. Taipei Fashion Week continues to develop fashion installations illustrating the prosperous and innovative creative merger that is uniquely possible only in Taiwan.'

Taipei Fashion Week: Where Tech And Fashion Collide

The opening show has been curated by a well-known design team, whose work spans across commerce and art while excelling at the integration of digital technology into fashion’s physical experience, redefining the relationship between performing arts and technology. In an experience that is quintessentially Taiwanese, brands will use digital content tools to blend together aesthetics, creativity, concepts, visuals, technology, space installations, sounds, and other elements to conjure a tableau evoking the technicolour power of a lush dreamscape.

Taipei’s Fashion Week synchronises three physical and digital forces: incorporating a brand-new physical space at Songshan Cultural and Creative Park with the digital venue of Ambi Space One and 5G Connect – transmitting audio and video to each other to 'co-act in different places' and conjure a new style of fashion exhibition that combines virtual and physical reality. 5G is designed to give faster download speeds, low latency, more capacity, and connectivity to billions of devices across the globe, especially in areas of virtual reality (VR), the IoT, and artificial intelligence (AI). The immersive experience purposefully includes two venues and two events happening simultaneously, allowing audiences to enjoy the visceral merger between high-performance tech and physical fashion.

The show includes six Taiwanese fashion brands combined with six groups of artists to form a luxurious lineup for the opening show. Assuming final confirmations, the combos include AUSTIN.W with artist BP-Billy; C jean with artist Ching-Lin Chen and Yu-Hsiu Ma; #DAMUR with abstract painting artist Wu Tung-Lung; INF with illustrator Chiaos; UUIN with mosaic artist Chiang, Kai-Chun; and JUST IN XX with Taiwan contemporary art master Paul Chiang. These artists will work to showcase the beauty of fashion and art between visual and auditory science, with technology interacting to intensify and propel the flow. Audiences will experience an immersive illusory visual shock that never stops vibrating between the human body and two spaces: virtual and real.

Taipei Fashion Week is excited to feature clothing brands from C JEAN, CHARINYEH, Claudia Wang, Dleet, DOUCHANGLEE, GIOIA PAN, INF, Jamie Wei Huang, JENN LEE, Liyu Tsai, Seivson, SILZENCE Men, Storywear, WANGLILING, WEAVISM, and #DAMUR.

For the latest updates and schedule of specific events, follow the Taipei Fashion Week via the official social media: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter.