As a young child Shinn Wen has been surrounded by the most influential artists who collectively include her respected elders. Her Father and Grandfather both Chinese painting artist’s and calligrapher’s meticulously managed to distill a sense of artistic talent in Wen. With a concept that came natural, her uncle a watercolor artist gave Wen exposure in a new form of her growing artistic abilities, “Art and painting is something which allows me to express myself, bringing a natural sense of relaxation” explains Wen.
Now at 31, and the creative force for the Fashion Design Faculty of Hubei Institute of Fine Arts, Wen reaches a multitude of student’s as a lecturer. “I was very lucky studying art and design in China’s best design school graduating from the Academy of Arts & Design, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China. I studied there for six years and hold a Bachelor, Master Degree,” Wen states. With a growing interest in fashion design, Wen attended Hong Kong Polytechnic University to conduct two years of research of Textile & Clothing before branching off briefly designing women’s attire for some of the premium elite Chinese fashion retailers.Residing currently in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China Wen continues to seek inspiration be it from fashion photography, celebrities to music and modern art. She also has a profound love with animals and plants. “I kept drawing fashion illustrations during my university years in my spare time, which has provided such a vision of beauty”.
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Gabardine Wool ‘Lady Scott’ Suit – Vintage Heirloom (Doris Alexander) Earrings – Vintage (similar here) Vintage Feather Brim Hat – Christine Original (similar here) Heels – Dolce Vita
While the women of the 1940’s to 1950’s were deprived of the latest fashion garments due to wartime regulation, which limited the amount of fabric that could be manufactured. A practical template consisting of emblematic wide-shoulders, a slim-waist and narrow-hips, a silhouette of the 1940’s had been established.
When asked of a specific year of an era gone by that enriched my personal style aesthetic I effortlessly state, “February 1947, with Christian Dior’s first collection entitled, New Look.” As an adolescence, my memories of afternoons staring at a collection of silver plated frames that all possess memories of a past era of elegances and grace. A worn photograph taken in August of 1950 displays a moment in time which strides to resign as an enriched remembrance, Taylor Street. A street in San Francisco that my grandparent’s strolled in such happiness after they exchanged vows gives the traditional wedding attire a variation. A tailored wool gabardine suit accented with cloth buttons, takes advantage of a current color of the era. In much respect of the era, to behold a garment enriched in such a matter is relatively a gift.Perhaps the most foreseen question lies with my grandmother’s choice to choose blue rather than the traditional color palette of white. Conversing with my mother over a cup of tea, I discovered my grandmother desired to wear the same color which my grandfather had chosen. She also explained due to financial difficulties, neither one could afford to purchase an elaborate dress for such an occasion. My grandmother was known as a simple woman who provided for those who were in need, giving rather than receiving. She solely distilled such an era of grace and humbleness to my life from her physical affection, to her bestowed collection of costume jewelry.
In loving memory of Robert & Doris Alexander
Dress – Banana Republic (here)
Hat – Vintage Heirloom (Justina Andrade ‘Grapes’)
Earrings – Kate Spade (here)
Every month since 1979, the highly recognized staff of Diablo Magazine produces context that provides their San Francisco, East Bay (Central Contra Costa, Oakland, Berkeley Hills and throughout the Tri-Valley area) demographic a personal insight on topics that range from travel, culture, style, entertainment and food.
The latest issue of their Pleasanton/Livermore “City Book Series”, as well as their “Best in the East Bay” annual issue, I’ve had the pleasure to sit down with Caitlin McCulloch, Style Editor where we discussed my involvement with the Simon Style Setter program, my aesthetic featuring a vintage inspired style of the 1950’s and appreciating what our local East Bay market has to offer.
Having this timeless opportunity to be featured in an award-winning publication is seen as a blessing. To read the entire interview, please click here.
Illustration c/o The Daily Fashion Project