Lai Wa Yuen
Mittelmoda 22nd Edition
Special Award TECHNOLOGY
Lai Wa Yuen starts her career studing at the RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia and obtained a BA (Hons) degree in Fashion Design, focusing on womenswear.
During her time as a fashion student at RMIT she played a two-year internship with Lui Hon.
She was being awarded the Industry prize sponsored by Charles Parsons at TISA 2013 National Student Design and Technology Awards, and, in the following year, she also had her work exhibited and participated in various runways in Melbourne.
Her final year at RMIT was the biggest point in her design life as two wonderful tutors Peter and Denise, who enlightened and encouraged her to create garment that push fashion forward and challenge the conservative fashion design.
In order to push the boundaries of traditional sewing, she integrated laser-cutting technology and interlocking construction method in her design processes. She has experimented on laser cutting the edge of seam in different shapes and pattern to allow the seam to interlock each other. As a result, every seam of her garment is exposable, it become a decorative feature of her design.
Her womenswear collection – Sly Cuts – is strongly influenced by architectural joinery details. It revolves around the integration of laser cutting technology and interlocking construction method.
By using a laser cutter to perform intricate cut outs and textile surface manipulation, she is able to create a collection that is beyond the traditional garment construction method but still remain the integrity of femininity and elegance.