I included one of Yiqing Yin’s dresses in yesterdays inspiration post, it literally stopped me dead in my tracks when I came across it. I stumbled upon the image a few days ago on Pinterest & it was frustratingly uncredited & linked back only to a Tumblr account, you probably all know by now that I find this seriously annoying! I absolutely had to know who it was by, and so I spent a good few hours yesterday on Google image search trying to track down who’d made it. I’m so glad I did as her other work is unsurprisingly equally as beautiful, so much so that I thought it deserved it’s own post.
“Yiqing Yin studied at the Ecole Nationale des Arts Décoratifs, Immigrating from China at age 4, tossed between countries, her clothes have often provided her with a point of reference: “Returning to my clothes, was like living once more within my body and my emotions; I was at home.” Her aim has been to create a garment that protects and reinforces, being at the same time a second skin and a supple armour. Examining the dynamic potential of pleats, she imagines structures which are never fixed, shapes that are always in mutation. She sculpts the emptiness around the body with, as a common thread, the search for balance and points of rupture between the flowing zones and the sculpted zones.”
The masterful draping & unusual, organic shape was what took my breath away when I saw the first image &
this is at the core of all of her other work too. The manipulation of the pleats & draping is so beautifully done it’s almost as if the garments are living, breathing creatures enveloping the body…