Top fashion designers with Chinese origins

Editor:Sharon Lee
Source:嶄忽晩烏利
Updated:2015-10-12 09:37:55

Top fashion designers with Chinese origins

  U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama wearing a custom-made black, off-the-shoulder mermaid gown designed by Vera Wang during the state dinner hosted in honor of Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan on Sept. 25, 2015. [Photo/Xinhua]

  Editor's note: China is booming and so is its high street. From fashion magnates like Vera Wang, Jimmy Choo, and Anna Sui to fashion novas like Alexander Wang and Christopher Bu, more and more fashion designers of Chinese origins have gained international success thanks to China's growing importance in the global luxury market and China's stronger presence in the fashion industry.

  Their works, favored by political figures as well as superstars, are often simple and implicit, with a strong sense of urban flavor, combining a little bit of the "Chinese" element with international style.

  Let's take a look at several well-known fashion designers with Chinese origins and their creative works.

  1. Vera Wang

  Nicknamed the queen of bridal design, Vera Wang is renowned for dressing celebrities for both red carpet events and weddings. Her passion for mixing sleek, chic, modern design with romantic and vintage style has made her one of the most sought-after designers adored by celebrities like Michelle Obama, Victoria Beckham, Avril Lavigne and Mariah Carey.

Top fashion designers with Chinese origins

  Avril Lavigne, a superstar singer, wearing a Vera Wang gown for her nuptials. [File photo]  

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  2. Alexander Wang

  As a breakout fashion designer who formerly worked as creative director in Balenciaga, Alexander Wang made his name by designing ready-to-wear collections and fashion accessories for men and women.Top fashion designers with Chinese origins

  Super star Rihanna often wears clothes designed by Alexander Wang in both formal and informal occasions. [File photo]Top fashion designers with Chinese origins

  American superstars like Lady Gaga (L) and Nicki Minaj (R) wear clothes designed by Alexander Wang as the 31-year old designer celebrates his 10-year anniversary in the fashion industry. [File photo]

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  3. Jason Wu

  Jason Wu, a Chinese Canadian fashion designer based in New York City, made his name by designing dresses for U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama on several occasions, including during the first and second inauguration of Barack Obama. Besides being favored by the first lady, Jason Wu also designed clothes for Hollywood superstars like Michelle Monaghan and Zhang Ziyi.

Top fashion designers with Chinese origins

  U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama wears Jason Wu's gown during the first and second inauguration of her husband Barack Obama. [Photo/People's Daily]

Top fashion designers with Chinese origins

  Zhang Ziyi, one of China's most high-profile actresses who starred in "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon," wears a red gown designed by Jason Wu during the Met Gala 2013 on May, 6. [File photo]

Top fashion designers with Chinese origins

  Michelle Monaghan attends the 2015 Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California in a Jason Wu dress. [File photo]

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  4. Anna Sui

  Anna Sui, a Chinese-American fashion designer, was named one of the "Top 5 Fashion Icons of the Decade" as her estimated US$ 400 million fashion empire covers a full line of clothing, shoes, cosmetics, eyewear, accessories and fragrances that made its founder among those presented the Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award along with Yves Saint Laurent, Giorgio Armani, and Ralph Lauren.

Top fashion designers with Chinese origins

  Chinese supermodel Liu Wen, the first model of East Asian descent to walk the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, wears an Anna Sui dress during the New York Fashion Week. [File photo]

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  5. Lawrence Xu

  Chinese designer Lawrence Xu's craftsmanship in turning traditional Chinese art into haute couture wowed people in the fashion industry as Chinese superstar Fan Bingbing made her premiere show at the Cannes Film Festival in 2010. His extravagant, opulent and vividly-colored dresses are a perfect marriage between Chinese culture and western silhouettes.

Top fashion designers with Chinese origins

  Chinese superstar Fan Bingbing wearing a yellow dragon gown, which was designed by Lawrence Xu, wowed the world during the Cannes Film Festival in 2010. [File photo]

Top fashion designers with Chinese origins

  Chinese movie star Zhang Jingchu wearing Lawrence Xu dresses during the Berlin Film Festival in 2005. [File photo]

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  6. Ma Ke

  The Chinese fashion designer Ma Ke became a household name as she helped turn Peng Liyuan, China's First lady into China's "Jackie O," the former US First Lady, who was well-known for her elegant style. Her craftsmanship, which features simple and understated elegance, is favored by many Chinese celebrities. [File photo]

Top fashion designers with Chinese origins

  China's First Lady Peng Liyuan is a loyal fan of China's local brand Exception de Mixmind, which was founded by Ma Ke, as she has dressed herself in the designer's clothing during many international events. [File photo]

Top fashion designers with Chinese origins

  Two-time grand Slam-winner Li Na took a photo series dressed in "Exception," a Chinese local brand founded by Ma Ke, after winning the French Open in 2011. [File photo]

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  7. Guo Pei

  Rihanna's canary yellow gown went viral on social media platforms following her extravagant appearance at the 2015 Met Gala. The mastermind behind the epic creation, Chinese fashion designer Guo Pei, was thrown into the limelight. Although she is not well-known in the western world, the Chinese couture designer is no stranger to the red carpet as she regularly dresses actresses such as Li Bingbing and Zhang Ziyi.

Top fashion designers with Chinese origins

  The Barbadian Pop and R&B singer Rihanna wears a jaw-dropping yellow gown, designed by Chinese couture designer Guo Pei, at the 2015 Met Gala. [File photo]

Top fashion designers with Chinese origins

Top fashion designers with Chinese origins

  Hong Kong model and actress Angelababy chose a Chinese traditional wedding gown, designed by Guo Pei, during her nuptial day with her husband Huang Xiaoming, a Chinese mainland actor, on Oct. 8, 2015. [Photo/Weibo.com]

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  8.Jimmy Choo

  Despite Jimmy Choo's worldwide fame, it's little known that the fashion guru is of Chinese origin. Born in Malaysia into a family of shoemakers, Jimmy is actually a Cantonese descendent who values Chinese culture and tradition. When choosing the location of a new store, he regularly asks fortune-tellers for help in order to find a lucky site. The footwear designer was honored by the Hong Kong Design Center with the Outstanding Chinese Designer Award in 2011 for his achievement in the fashion industry. His celebrity clients include Michelle Obama, Jennifer Lopez, Taylor Swift and Angelina Jolie.

Top fashion designers with Chinese origins

  U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama is spotted wearing Jimmy Choo shoes during many important occasions. [File photo]

Top fashion designers with Chinese origins

  U.S. actress Angelina Jolie wears a pair of black MITCHEL high-heels while holding hands with her husband Brad Pitt. [File photo]

Top fashion designers with Chinese origins

  Singer Taylor Swift wears a pair of Jimmy Choo shoes during a Grammy Award event. [File photo]

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  9. Phillip Lim

  Phillip Lim, the Chinese-American fashion designer, inherited his sensitivity for clothing from a tailor's mother and made his name through the launch of his 3.1 Phillip Lim collection in 2005. His designs are simple and neat and have been described by "Vogue" UK edition as "the new Chloe." His design is favored by big names like Cameron Diaz and Jessica Alba.