Central Saint Martins graduate Yifang Wan has been named the recipient of Vauxhall Fashion Scout’s Merit Award for the AW13-14 season. Previously showing graduate collections in 2010 and 2011, Wan was awarded the L’Oreal Professional Young Designer Award in 2010 and went on to showcase her signature architectural aesthetic at London Fashion Week with a SS13 show for Vauxhall Fashion Scout.
Her vision clearly entrenched in the culture of the Far East, Wan has shown her inspirations to be derived from minimalist sculpture by way of angular resin belts and structural accents on accessories, and the craft of martial arts reflected in the high collars, dropped shoulders and Oriental style slits in long tunics, coats and geometric monochrome pieces. Director of Vauxhall Fashion Scout, Martyn Roberts said: “Yifang Wan is set to join the ranks of leading fashion innovators in London. Her square-cut shapes, coupled with quality fabrics, lend themselves to clever draping and sensational design. Her contemporary design aesthetic has been grabbing attention of leading buyers.”
Following in the esteemed footsteps of designers David Koma, William Tempest and Eudon Choi, among others, Wan has been awarded a great honour within the fashion industry. Worth £25,000 across three seasons, the Merit Award not only instills the winner with prestige and financial backing but sets them on the most pivotal platform of their professional lives, providing them with a fully sponsored catwalk show and exhibition at Vauxhall Fashion Scout during London and Paris Fashion Week. Wan’s potential is clear and this opportunity is exactly the stepping stone she needs to prove her staying power in this dynamic and high-octane business.
Vauxhall Fashion Scout will take place at the Freemason’s Hall in London’s Covent Garden from 15-19 February 2013.