Emerging Chinese designer Haizhen Wang has won the top prize at London’s 2012 Fashion Fringe.
Fashion Fringe, now in its ninth edition, is an annual platform that aims to discover and support emerging fashion talent in the United Kingdom.
Wang was selected as the winner by Fashion Fringe chair Burberry’s chief creative officer Christopher Bailey for his Japanese armor-inspired collection. The young Chinese designer will receive financial support worth over £100,000 ($160,000), further mentoring and business planning advice, as well as the use of a fully-equipped studio at London’s Somerset House for the next four seasons.
“With Haizhen, he has a talent that hopefully the industry will relate to. It's effortless and in his blood. When you first see his work, it appears to be very graphic and bold, but it's constructed in a very sensual way,” Bailey told Vogue Tuesday.
Wang, who graduated from Central Saint Martins with an MA in womenswear in 2005, worked at MaxMara and All Saints before setting up his label in 2010, and names Daphne Guinness and Tilda Swinton among his fashion muses.
He joins the ranks of other Chinese designers who are receiving recognition for their talent in the creative field. In May this year, Wang Shu was awarded the prestigious Priztker Architecture Prize 2012 and Roderic Wong won the Audi Young Designer award in May this year at the Audi Fashion Festival Singapore.