Yen Wong is a recently graduated womenswear designer, with a BA Hons Fashion with Business Studies degree from the University of Brighton. Originally from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, where she is currently based, her practice draws inspiration from her love of craft and make, exploring elements and techniques from couture and tailoring, as well as her fascination of history, heritage and culture. Yen plays heavily with juxtaposition and irony, using humour to playfully discuss matters of womanhood and personal experiences.
Her graduate collection, SUNNY SIDE UP! focusses on the combination of intricate techniques and heritage with ideas of kitsch and camp. The collection has a playful tone, exploring the idea of the perfect 1950s-60s woman and the immense social pressures placed upon women, leading to an eventual manic episode. Using classic couture and tailoring silhouettes as well as construction techniques from that time period as inspiration, Yen also touches upon her own personal heritage, juxtaposing elements from her Malaysian-Chinese background alongside the heavily westernised perspective of the 50s-60s woman.
Playing with the usage of unconventional objects, materials and textiles and experimenting the concept of disposability and "cheap" luxury, Yen's collection features handwoven tweed made from upcycled Christmas decorations, ribbons, scoubidou bracelets, upcycled polypropylene bags, lurex and bouclé yarns. This is contrasted with utilisation of more traditional tailoring fabrics such as Melton wool. Aside from the exploration of handwoven textiles, print is also significant in the collection, designing digitally printed textiles from found objects of Yen's childhood and heritage, exploring the eccentric nature of the Chinese tomb-cleaning rituals she grew up with.