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Wenqi Wu

“My thesis collection is influenced by 1920s Russian Constructivism. It explores the geometric painting and photographs by Malevich, Rodchenko, and Lissitzky, and the Constructivist concept of combining experimental ideas and modern technologies in the creation of utilitarian objects.”

Wenqi Wu was born in Shanghai, where his childhood was guided by traditional Confucian values, influencing his design focus on lines and shapes. His life in New York brought about contradictions between the two distinct cultures and shaped his sensibility on visual culture and fashion. Wu has experienced the fashion industry through internships with Donna Karan Collection and Bibhu Mohapatra. During his time at Parsons, he won the first Gianfranco Ferré Foundation x Parsons "I Am Architect" competition and gained sponsorship with Saga Furs and Politecnico Calzaturiero.

"My thesis collection is influenced by 1920s Russian Constructivism. It explores the geometric painting and photographs by Malevich, Rodchenko, and Lissitzky, and the Constructivist concept of combining experimental ideas and modern technologies in the creation of utilitarian objects. I am bringing Constructivism into a contemporary context by fusing the traditional techniques of knitting, crochet, and embroidery with modern technologies."

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