Angela Huang, born in Taiwan but raised in Canada, is an emerging designer currently studying at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. Huang recently made her debut as a solid designer at Vancouver Fashion Week s/s 2014 with a sophisticated but extremely bold collection. You would swear that she had done this before with the level of design, sewing and attention to detail. Her all-white collection was both breathtaking and refreshing in the simple lines and minamilist sleek silhouettes with interesting but uncomplicated design elements such as the reversed jacket, showing a deep v-neck lapel on the back of the garment – insane!
I met Angela about a year ago, when we were working backstage styling for Vancouver Fashion Showcase and it’s been such a pleasure watching this young lady grow in her field and adding another fashionable feather to Vancouver’s cap.
A traveller and foodie (the eating part at least) at heart, Angela gets much of her inspiration from places she visits. With her sketch book permanently in hand, she documents the architecture, songs, movies…basically everything she stumbles upon. Drawing has always been a strong element in her life. “I can’t recall the time I realized that I wanted to become a designer. I started drawing at a very young age and just never stopped. I can only remember when I was 8 years old I decided that I should start saving all my drawings. So, I now have all these ridiculous designs in a file under my bed.”
Angela lives by doing what she loves with no regrets and believes that the key to success is being ambitious and to “network network network! Push yourself to do things that benefits your future before it’s too late. I believe that the four years of post secondary education is mostly buying time for students to plan their future. Networking is very important in any industry. All opportunities come from networking.”
With dreams of living in Milan where “it’s like waking in a painting” and “learning high-end tailoring from an old Italian master” and designing for Anne Hathaway with her classy and feminine look but boyish personality, there’s no doubt that Angela Huang is a star in the rising and a designer to watch very very closely.
Pieces from Angela’s SS2014 collection are all one of a kind pieces and although it did not go through production, she is planning on putting her FW2014 collection (which “may or may not have some colour – wink wink”) through production and possibly distributing to Vancouver boutiques, making it available to the public.