“I am all for big volumes that sculpt the body into new forms. I took inspiration from underwater creatures to devise pieces that float lightly, in a color palette that resembles the coral and fungi that naturally grow on top of sculptures submerged in the deep sea”.
Dingyun Zhang's first touchpoints with fashion came through footwear. Being interested in Kobe and Jordan sneakers, he started sketching the shoes when he was a teenager. Inspired by the painters Robert Rauschenberg and David Hockney, Ding moved to Somerset, United Kingdom, to study fine art, completing a BA Fashion Design in 2018 and MA Fashion Design in 2020 at Central Saint Martins. In 2016, Ding joined Yeezy by Kanye West as a designer, working on popular sneakers including Yeezy 700 Wave Runner series. Throughout years, Ding worked with brands in different countries, including footwear, clothing and season collection design. In terms of design concepts, details and finding sustainable solutions are important for Ding’s design.