Vega Zaichi Wang is one of China’s brightest fashion designers on the rise. Her dramatic, instantly-recognizable collections (women’s only, for now) echo military fashion and menswear, and are informed by Vega’s own experiences. Be it growing up as a tomboy, studying abroad, unexpected inspiration (off-camera, she told us about a former employee who once inspired an entire line), or her fascination with the arcane, Vega weaves every aspect of herself into her work.
We visited the tattooed, pint-sized designer in her brand-new hutong studio, where the downstairs showroom awed us with numerous displays of impeccably-tailored clothes. Taxidermia and antique scissors decorate Vega’s private upstairs office, with a balcony overlooking the stone maze of bustling, sunlit alleyways below – this is where we set up shop.
Between sipping icy soda and watching macabre internet videos, she discussed her philosophy, her work and the incredible chance she got while studying at Central Saint Martins in the UK.