Design Creative Of The Week: Xiaoping Huang [Fashion, Textiles, Accessories]

Design Creative Of The Week: Xiaoping Huang [Fashion, Textiles, Accessories]

The hottest new talent of the week brought to you by PSFK x Arts Thread. This week a young fashion designer that just won Zandra Rhodes Textile Award.

Dory Carr-Harris, PSFK
  • 11 august 2012

Instruments played in the street corner, Xiaoping Huang

PSFK’s creative of the week, chosen from the ARTS THREAD online portfolios, is Xiaoping Huang, who is a recent fashion graduate from the University of Central Lancashire.

Why we like Xiaoping Huang’s work: we like Xiaoping’s strong 3D appraoch to her designs and immaginative use of the accordian pleats.

Instruments played in the street corner, Xiaoping Huang

Tell us a bit about yourself, your background and inspirations:

I started my fashion design journey after finished my BA International Business degree. With no fashion background, I was fighting so hard all the way through. What kept me going forward is the faith and passion of fashion!

My graduate collection, Instruments played in the street corner, was just shown in London Graduate Fashion Week and won the Zandra Rhodes Textile Award. The inspiration for this collection comes from a piano accordion I found in a flea market, which led me to the idea of using contemporary street musicians’ paintings to develop my prints and, of course, using accordion pleats to create the main feature of the whole collection.

A quote from the award judge and presenter Mary Katrantzou on Xiaoping Huang’s winning of the Zandra Rhodes Textile Award. “We thought that Xiaoping has just an amazing breath of creativity in her work – obviously that we saw at the catwalk but also her portfolio. It’s really nice to see such an intelligent approach and see what she can do with that work further along, so we hope she can really benefit from that advice and what this award can mean for her future.”

Instruments played in the street corner, Xiaoping Huang

What are you currently working on?

I am currently getting more exposures for my graduate collection by recently attending “TFV Bohemian Africa Fashion Charity Gala” on 31st July and some of my work is going to be shown in Pure London later this month.

How can people get in contact with you? What work are you looking for?

I would like to work for other designers since I enjoy working in a team the same as working for myself! I am also looking forward to collaborating with shoe and accessories designers on creative prints. Any fashion professionals interested in my work or looking for collaboration just email me at: or simply @XiaopingHuang on Twitter! Everyone is more than welcome to visit my site at

Xiaoping Huang


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