Angela Chiang is a recent graduate of Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design with the degree in Fashion Print.
Angela has started to work on ‘The Withering Flower’ during late summer while rambling through the Taiwan countryside. The scenery of blossoming flowers, its beauty and fragility, along side the contrast of muggy earth beneath it, became a stirring inspiration for Angela’s final project, at one of the most influential fashion schools.
This picturesque and contradictory scene summoned to her mind, Chinese literature classic, - "The song of the Flower Burial” by Cao Xueqin.
As she explains: “Unlike the conventional portrayal of the flower as the blooming beautiful subject in traditional literature and art, Cao Xueqin uses the flower imagery in a melancholic way to represent the rarely mentioned inevitable mortality in Chinese culture.” With this immense diversity of the meanings and symbols, a flower has always been of the most inspirational subject in Angela’s work. “From the Chinese literature's metaphor of using the withering flower symbol as misfortune, and to the significant fengshui beliefs that having a vase of withered flower indoor will bring bad luck to the occupant, my inspiration began from the fugitive transience of life and the withering flower in Oriental paradigms that are subconsciously shaping our senses toward sublimity and mortality.” - she says.