Shuting Qiu

Paulien Eeckels

13 Jun
Fashion

Backstage with Antwerp Fashion Master: Shuting Qiu

According to Business of Fashion, Antwerp has one the best fashion academies in the world. It’s the school where Dries Van Noten, Martin Margiela, Ann Demeulemeester and Rushemy Botter graduated. Our photographer Robin Joris Dullers followed five fashion masters backstage at the annual show of the Antwerp Fashion Academy. Amongst them, Shuting Qiu, a master graduate of the Antwerp Royal Academy of Fine Arts. She presented her final collection called ‘I Am Rooted by I Flow’. Have a closer look.

Shuting Qiu – I Am Rooted by I Flow

Shuting Qiu is a Chinese designer with a love for writing and clothes. Originally the young designer wanted to become a writer, and actually was doing a great job. She won lots of prizes and loved expressing herself through writing. Eventually, she decided to express herself through visual images. She likes to think this women’s collection is another chance to be a writer as she used her love for writing in her collection by involving Virginia Woolf and used English-style suits. For British references, she used a mix of handicrafts and a tartan. Another inspiration came from her visit to Mumbai. Due to this trip, the collection is very colorful and covered with floral prints and includes handcrafted pieces combined with a more masculine cut and the suits.

For this collection Shuting Qiu concentrates mostly on the clothes as she is a firm believer in going deep with the garments. She strongly believes that that will never change for her, her focus will always be to show the garment. We admire her for this, staying true to yourself is important to stand out, but not everyone is brave enough to do this. The collection itself is also truly beautiful. A picturesque collection finished with marvelous and perfectly finished details.

Shuting Qiu
Shuting Qiu
Shuting Qiu
Shuting Qiu
Shuting Qiu

Want to see more master students and their creations? We also followed Linus Leonardsson, Quinten Mestdagh, Di Du and Victor Wang. Click on their names to see our backstage coverage of their collections.

Photo credits: Robin Joris Dullers

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