Taiwanese fashion brand Shiatzy Chen once again drew attention at Paris Fashion Week, with its spring-summer ready-to-wear collection the only Taiwan brand to be invited to the international event this year.
Shiatzy Chen presented its latest collection, which combines the Qing dynasty’s snuff bottle culture and modern design concepts, at the nine-day fashion event that concluded Tuesday at the Tennis History Museum in Paris.
The 2012 spring/summer series, entitled Snuff Bottle, features satin dresses that incorporate traditional Chinese craft designs such as those used in the burnishing, sculpting, painting and calligraphy on the tiny snuff bottles. Shiatzy Chen said it has utilized translucent glossy organza and satin to present the luminous character of porcelain and glass snuff bottles. It also has used vintage-influenced lace and flower-print jacquard to depict the painted patterns on the snuff bottles.
Brand designer and founder Wang Chen Tsai-hsia, a doyenne of Taiwan’s fashion industry for years, made a brief appearance to greet the audience at the end of the show.
Shiatzy Chen, founded in 1978, made its debut at the event in autumn 2008 to become only the second Taiwanese brand to take part in the international event. Paris Fashion Week began in 1973 and is held twice each year in spring and autumn.
Fashion weeks, the world’s most prominent fashion events, are also held in other couture cities such as Milan, London and New York.