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In Conversation with Underage Designer Ying Shen

            Originally graphically trained emerging fashion designer Ying Shen who attended Central Saint Martins in London unveiled their Autumnal offering for UNDERAGE during London Fashion Week.

Inspired by the underground punk movement that ran from the 70’s to the late 90’s, the UNDERAGE AW18 collection comments on the rebellious and social disruption of the era – and what that means for someone of a similar mindset today. ‘Riots of Our Own’ as it is titled, celebrates self-expression, independence, and nonconformity, acknowledging the makers of change from the past and applying it to a personal, modern-day fight against the grain. A fearless womenswear collection with a nod to a unisex attitude, the pieces combine traditional techniques with contemporary approaches. The use of age-old screen printing their original illustrations is an example of this, as well as delicate mock-devoré mixed with cool metallics and provocative mirrored prints on conservatively tailored garments.

read more of our interview below. 

Tell us about yourself? 

My name is Ying Shen, I originally did graphic design back in China before coming to London. I then went on to study fashion design and textiles at Central Saint Martins. Now I’m based permanently here in London.

 Things that you need to have while working? 

Coffee, Red Wine and Music

 Underage Studio is quite new to the scene. Talk to us about how you started Underage.

We wanted to celebrate the youth culture and create a fearless strong figure, which very much wants the brand is about. We are a young brand, but we’re very keen to build quickly – hence why we were at the ICA during fashion week for our presentation. 

Where do you get your inspirations from? 

Mainly from pop culture and my own personal nostalgia.  

What inspired you to do this collection? 

Bands and Punk – specifically, Punk Zines, Riot Grrrl, and Bikini Kill. 

What has been the hardest challenge while doing the collection? 

To use the screen print techniques to make something new and original — the mock-devore look.

What are your hopes and expectations for Underage Studio? 

To continue to have fun and make statements with each collection – as mentioned, we’re very keen to build quickly, and we’re working with MAY to manage our PR and editorial efforts. Full steam ahead! 

 How do you feel now that you have finished and presented your new collection? 

In short…much relieved and excited!

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