Linda is a first generation Chinese American fashion /costume designer/stylist based in Los Angeles. For the past 5 years she has done various costuming and other assisting work for film, theatre, opera, and dance. Her diversified educational and traveling experience, such as studying abroad in Hong Kong and London shapes her global mind-set, coupled with a passion for diversity and collaboration. She studied the bachelor program in Art-fashion & textile, from California State University in Los Angeles; as well as the associate degree program in Business & Fashion Merchandising from Shoreline Community College; along with a Professional Designation in Collections Management for Costume & Textile.; and in addition went through a footwear making program at The London College of Fashion. She is known for her unisex concepts and traditional Chinese/Korean concepts.
My desire to understand human behavior, culture, and history led to pursue a career in fashion and costume design. The way we dress in society can both bring together and separate people. My exposure from retail, e-commerce, brand management, apparel construction, costume archival, to being on the set in film and theatre has diversified my experiences. In this growing global creative economy, I hope to collaborate with more creative people and build upon a creative empire for the future aspiring creative people.
My desire to understand culture and history led me to combine innovative ways in my designs. My desire is to heighten my expression of ideas and create and stimulating elements creating nostalgia. I think of the human body as a landscape, in which we can embellish the glamour of which we dream of. My work is not set in stone to go one direction nor two, I can pave many paths in my work aesthetics with my inspirations. My main area of inspiration draws from Expressionism; and Wabi-Sabi, the aesthetic of seeing the beauty of imperfections. I mainly focus on designing unisex fashion, and concept traditional Korean/Japanese/Chinese costumes.
☆PERSONAL INSIGHT ON UNISEX FASHION☆
Everyday we face barriers of discrimination, social boundaries, and society’s perception and expectation of us. My unisex clothing label “Beyond the Boundary” is my personal favorite, and something I innovate my artistic expression into the most; as it speaks of breaking barriers that are placed upon you by others. What artist/designer growing up hasn’t experienced criticism and backlash for your creative journey/career choice? Especially from your elders or even peers. The “Beyond the Boundary” label is a label against labels, and is the freedom of expression. Who gives the power to those that say you can’t do this, this, and that in fashion? Why is so and so limited to only girls / only guys? You can view more at http://www.btb.fashion/our-products/
☆PERSONAL INSIGHT ON TRADITIONAL COSTUMES☆
Like any lover of Period Dramas, growing up I find myself intrigued by the craftsmanship and gracefulness the characters carry while adorning the fashion of the time. And just like any fashion designer/artist exposed to multiple cultures, we tend to combine the different cultural influences into our aesthetic. To merge multiple influences or to modernize a traditional piece; I play with the silhouette, use non-traditional materials, or even make something completely traditional and then add a touch of something modern such as the background or props. It is important to understand that “traditional clothing” within historical context is based on what was passed down, individual wearers at the time could’ve chosen to wear it differently than their social norm peers, there is no such thing as a 100% accurate pattern for a historic piece.
Even though my designs are mainly inspired by Chinese, Japanese, and Korean aesthetics, they share a lot of cultural influences. For example, the hanbok of Korea has some Mongolian influences. One influence contains may influences.