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His what now? His 头七 (tóu qī) aka the First Seven collection. All GoT, Ring, and biblical references aside, the First Seven is the Buddhist thought that after the seventh day of someone’s passing, their soul shall return to the place where they spent their earthly days and their kin must perform rituals to guide the soul into the next or after-life. Fact. Check!

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Artist Provocateur Xiaowu Zheng Resuscitates The De(con)struction Of Convention

Who?

For those in the slightest of know, the very name Xiaowu Zheng (郑晓武 in Chinese) in itself evokes images of raw, raunchy yet ruminative contradiction. Moving between high-and fast-fashion, classic and conceptual art, Zheng has a fondness for the resuscitation of fashion’s deadstock. #pleasefindabove

From the brazen destruction of gender convention to the museful deconstruction of society’s stylescape, New York Pratt educated whiz kid Xiaowu Zheng is on the edge of glory.

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What?

Taking inspiration from Chinese mythology, classic Hong Kong horror movies, and historical events such as the 1989 Tiananmen protest, Zheng uses this First Seven collection to speak out on the importance of freedom of speech and the freedom of creating art in itself.

“This is a collection that I want to dedicate to all those brave students who fought for their freedom of speech during the Tiananmen protest in 1989 and so many other brilliant people who fight for freedom all over the world,” Zheng tells us.

When?

The lookbook was shot by Zheng himself with a little help from a friend. During the imposed Covid-19 quarantine. #asyoudo

Where?

Gotham. The City That Never Sleeps. The Empire State. The Big Apple. New York, baby! #tothepoint

Did you know… New York’s nickname “The Big Apple” originated in the 1920s in reference to the prizes (or “big apples”) rewarded at the many racing courses in and around the city. However, it wasn’t officially adopted as the city’s nickname until 1971 as the result of a successful ad campaign intended to attract tourists.

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Why?

Zheng consistently focuses on exploring and challenging the concept of morality, from the noisy moody stream of consciousness to the search of violence, mystery, horror, and sex. Most of his works use clothing as the prime and primal outlet to illustrate the floating thoughts and dark emotions of his own bouts of depression.

Instead of pulling away from those topics considered more “disturbing” by social convention, Zheng takes his inspirations from the dark side of humanity.

“As someone who is Chinese, it is important for me to use this collection to talk about the persisting reign of censorship in China and how we as the new generation [China’s New Youth] can really create a better social environment,” Zheng explains.

Cross over to the dark side and find enlightenment via

Instagram: @xiaowu_zheng_ishere

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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