The graduation collection I made while studying at Shih-Chien University in Taipei had won the Best Menswear Collection prize, which was an honour, but I realized it meant little to nothing in the world outside of school, particularly because I’d left Taiwan and settled in Canada. I didn’t have a job―in the fashion industry or otherwise―or any contacts, so my first post-graduate collection was an effort to draw attention to myself. But, ironically, it was also a retreat into a school-oriented fantasy world.
Most of the fashion students at Shih-Chien made an effort to dress well whenever they were on campus, but this collection is my personal fantasy of an elite private school where a student gang of “rebellious gentlemen” consider dressing themselves in elegant but unusual suiting to be a badge of honour and, in fact, an act of rebellion, in contrast to the streetwear their fellow students wear when they don’t have to wear their school uniform. In an ideal world, it’s the sort of gang I would have belonged to when I was a young student.