Fresh Threads: Jia Hua
For our Youth Issue, The WILD caught up with four promising designers on the rise. Below, check out Jia Hua, a Parsons student and finalist of the H&M Design Award.
How did you get started in fashion design?
I was interested in drawing since I was a kid. I still remember that I never liked drawing buildings or landscapes, but I loved to draw figures. I would especially enjoy dressing up the girls in my drawings. Those dresses I drew, they were all from my imagination—not something I copied from reality. I guess that is the very beginning of my fashion design.
How would you describe your design aesthetic?
Maximalism. I love putting very different elements together.
What do you think you bring to the fashion world that’s original and has been totally lacking until now?
A mix of couture and active wear.
Where do you hope your career will take you and what do you hope to achieve?
I would like to experience more dimensions of fashion, not just making a piece of clothing. Since I am from China, I would like to finally go back there and get a chance to build up something on my own. It might be a studio, or it could also be a new fashion business model. I would like to keep my options open for now.
What is your WILD Wish?
To finish all existing books.
To keep up with Jia’s latest work, make sure to check out her website here.
All photos by Paul Jung