the fashion design studio, Ultimo tafe, Sydney, Australia

ANN XIAO

A BALANCE OF CONTRADICTIONS

A BALANCE OF CONTRADICTIONS expresses the tension of a young girl trying to assimilate into the ‘Australian way of life’ while appreciating her Chinese heritage and maintaining a sense of self. The frayed hems and ripped pleats in Xiao’s garments reflect her troubled mindset trying to reconcile these competing demands.

The centerpiece of this collection is a jacket constructed entirely of thermoplastic polyurethane using a 3D printing pen and finished with paint stroke textures made using brushes from Xiao’s grandfather’s Chinese calligraphy set – a family treasure. This jacket defies replication and is the hero of a collection reflecting the designer’s identity as both Australian and Chinese.