Montreal-based fashion designer that continues to challenge the idea of how we perceive clothing by playfully exploring the aesthetic potential at the interface of fashion, art and technology. Studying at Yale in Peking, China, she specialized in the research of plant molecular genetics and agro-biotechnology. She then studied fashion in Geneva and Montreal, earning her masters degree in multimedia at Université du Québec. Ying is constantly exploring possibilities through the marriage of science and technology with fashion. Instead of over emphasizing her science field, Gao creates new organic forms and designs that push this aspect of fashion design to a new level.
Gao draws her inspiration from nature and to her, natural elements are very powerful. In recent work, she focuses on the basic elements of air, light, and water. Building on intangible topics in nature, she develops garments that come to life based on triggers such as movement, wind, and touch. She brings this unfamiliarity of interaction with the garment into fashion design, which becomes something more than the name and price tag. Ying explains, “These clothes are highly conceptual, and should stay that way.” Her work is building on an emphasis on concept than a ready-to-wear design.
This was designed to display recent works and to enstill the overall aesthetic and themes in her garments.