Reviving Chinese Civilization, Restoring Orthodox Culture
When Han Couture Re-emerges, Etiquette & Grace Will Follow
Traditional Chinese clothing, known as Han Couture or Han Fu, has a grand history of five thousands years. As well as providing warmth and protection from the elements, Han Couture has represented deeply held values and principles, such as benevolence and justice, propriety and wisdom, respect for the heavens, and belief in divine retribution.
Since seizing power over 60 years ago, the Chinese Communist Party has launched various campaigns, not only to destroy the Chinese people's faith in beauty and the divine, but also to confuse the criteria between exquisite and vile, good and evil. Han Fu embodied the virtues of Chinese antiquity, and contributed to the culture's perception of self. The character of the clothes created an aura of refinement and dignity. Wearing Han Couture encouraged a refined temperament, more closely aligned with nature and moral propriety.
Tianyun Han Couture adheres to the concept of harmony between man and nature, and showcases the most orthodox Chinese Han Couture, inspired by principles of purity, beauty and virtue. The mission of Grace Chen Han Couture is to promote China's five thousand years of Divine Culture, and to revive the art and beauty of Han Couture design.
ABOUT THE DESIGNER
Grace Chen has been passionate about Han Couture since her childhood. It was at an art exhibition in middle school that her drawings of heavenly beauties wearing exquisite clothing and headdresses were first discovered. Grace specialized in painting and art whilst at school.
Grace Chen went on to study fashion design in both China and France. Following school, in 1992 she attended the Department of Fashion at the Tianjin Institute of Textile Science and Technology, graduating with a major. Starting in July 1999, she studied Upscale Draping Design at the Chambre Syndicale Da La Couture Parisienne Ecole Superieure in Paris, France.
Whilst in China, Grace organized and participated in many advanced training sessions for fashion designers and pattern makers. She moved to Paris in 2003 and continued to work in the field of fashion design, before finally settling in New York City in April 2009. Once in the fashion mecca of NYC, Grace Chen did not waste any time in applying herself to her trade. She designed a fresh line of Han Couture entitled "The Integration of Heaven and the Human", which won silver prize at NTD's Global Han Couture Design Competition in September 2009.
Grace Chen has conducted extensive research on Chinese historical clothing, including thorough analysis of the characteristics of Han Couture in different Chinese dynasties. The more she learned about traditional Chinese culture, the more inspired she became. The dignity and elegance of the Tang and Song dynasties, as well as the many auspicious signs, motifs and accessories she encountered, opened her mind to a whole new world of fashion design. Grace Chen continually explored the inner meaning of Han Couture, and her design was constantly enriched by what she learned. Her award-winning design pieces from 2009 and 2010, led her fashion line to twice be invited to the runways of New York's Fashion Week.
2009: NTD's Global Han Couture Design Competition, Silver Prize
2010: NTD's Global Han Couture Design Competition, Excellence Award
2009 - 2012: Han Couture Fashion Show at New York Fashion Week
2012: Han Couture Fashion Show at Hong Kong Fashion Week
2013: Scottish Lion meets Asian Dragon, New York Fashion Week
Grace Chen has created Y.C Fashion Design as well as nonprofit Costumes and Culture Research Inc . Her work can often be found under brand names including: Grace Chen Han Couture, GraceChenJewelry and GraceChenCouture.
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