Fashion as a work of art is driven by the details for Chanho Jang. A recent graduate of University of Technology, Sydney, Chanho began his brand, CHJ, with the design philosophy that fashion is creating concept-driven wearable artwork often inspired by historical art then merged with contemporary sources to create a mood of modern styling. Driven by textile use and design, he uses his garments as canvases to express his concept. employing opposite design elements to match and contrast such as shapes, colors palettes, textures and also textile details. The label’s designs are wearable yet edgy and unique, much like this designers discovery of his love for fashion and art-felt inspirations.
How and why did you start designing?
When I was young, I was weak and did not have enough confidence a child. Then one day, I dressed up nicely. I felt instantly the difference. I felt more confidence physically and mentally. I think it started from that moment, I decide to be a fashion designer and design for other people to look good and give them confidence.
What is your fashion philosophy?
My fashion philosophy is designing wearable art work, I want people wear my garments, not just appreciate and admire them like artwork that you see at a gallery.
How has your design changed over time?
My design changed since I want to have my textiles on my garments. I don’t want my garments just to be unique but also to have my thoughts and expressions on them while I design. The textile design definitely does make the difference in that respect.
What inspired your latest collection?
The Modern Baroque collection is inspired by the Baroque period in European art. It is often referred as a lavish and luxe period in art history, however I wanted an approach that looked more modern and simplified such as twist in material and a contrast in colors, so I took color palette from William’s painting.
What is your biggest hurdle building a brand today?
As an emerging designer, like most of emerging designers’ problem is similar, I guess – production development and producing garments. It requires time and money.
What do you think about fashion today?
I like the diversity. Luxury brands, fast fashion lines, mass productions. On the other hand, because of all those brands, that means less attention gets paid to emerging designers. I wish more opportunities and attentions for emerging designers.
Where do you go and what do you do for inspiration?
I am not looking at fashion shows or magazines for inspiration, especially when I am designing or researching. More often I look for inspirations from anything but fashion. I like to mix things up with art so I go to library and research art history most of time.
Any tips and tricks of the trade?
I think it is all about being you and being unique and believing in what you are doing.
Step out by stepping back in time with Modern Baroque by Chanho Jang.