When Alex S. Yu went about creating a dress made of toilet paper, he said there was a lot of experimentation in the process in order “to see what works and what doesn’t.”
The Surrey-based Yu was among 16 fashion designers invited to be part of this year’s Cashmere Collection event, for a special runway show in September.
“They emailed me to ask if I wanted to be part of it, and yeah, it seemed like a fun project and I wanted to get involved,” said Yu, whose studio is located in the Guildford area.
It took him about two weeks to make a dress inspired by Martin Margiela, a notoriously reclusive Belgian fashion designer.
“I was pretty happy with it, and it worked out pretty well,” said the Taipei-born Yu, 30, a Johnston Heights Secondary grad.
“The dress is very experimental and avante garde,” he added. “I would describe it more as a showcase art piece, with lots of little details, paint and glitter, and stitches.”
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V. Excited to announce that I am one of the 16 designers chosen to participate in Cashmere Collection 2019 curated by Joe Zee. 🧻🧻🧻🧻🧻 The project is to create a look entirely out of Cashmere Bathroom Tissue paper (YES TISSUE PAPER) that is inspired by a chosen fashion design icon, and my inspiration is Maison Martin Margiela. 🧻🧻🧻🧻🧻 Stay tune for updates and more sneak peeks in the upcoming weeks! <3 #Cashmere19
Photos showing parts of Yu’s dress were sent to the Now-Leader by a publicist for the Cashmere Collection show. In Toronto on Sept. 25, the 16 dresses will be revealed in full for the first time during the 16th annual Cashmere Collection: Legends of Fashion, an invite-only benefit event connected to Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This year, the collection is curated by TV show host Joe Zee.
Yu created his first collection of “fun-loving, eye-catching women’s wear in 2015, after graduating from the London College of Fashion,” according to a bio. “His colourful looks are all about the youth subculture in general, with updated elements of Japan’s Harajuku style thrown in.”
Examples of Yu’s work are shown on his website, alexsyu.com.