Hye Won Jang
“My thesis collection was inspired by my paintings and textile creations, striking a balance between my two creative identities, artist and fashion designer.”
Hye Won Jang began her journey as an artist, taking an emotional approach to creation based on the relationships between herself and other people. Her work included a collaborative exhibition, The Secret of Stephane, with co-artist Bok Kyung Moon in South Korea in July 2009, and a collaborative project with fashion photographer NaSeung (Nothing Studio), featured in Marie Claire Korea. While attending Parsons, Jang interned with Donna Karan Collection and Helmut Lang and was awarded the BFA International Scholarship, Dean's BFA Scholarship, and Samsung Scholarship.
Inspired by her move to New York, Jang sought a new way to communicate with her audience. She sees fashion design as an extended realm of art, and resists trends of fast consumerism. Her collections are driven by textile development, fusing technique, prints, and pleats to create her own patterns and ombré.
"My thesis collection, Absolute, was inspired by my paintings and textile creations, striking a balance between my two creative identities, artist and fashion designer. During the fabrication process, I created a technique for the collection by manipulating fabrics, fusing multiple layers of organza with small piles of cut frays and other remnant elements. Photos of the collection were recently published in Z Magazine."