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Tuesday 19 August 2014

What leading Chinese designers think of fashion

With so many Southampton Solent University students going on make a name for themselves in creative industries, it’s no surprise that industry professionals are eager to come and talk to the students before they graduate. On this occasion it was Hong Kong fashion designers Pacino Wan and Victor Tong who visited the campus, giving students and members of the public a presentation on fashion, art and Chinese culture.

Hailed as the ‘Moschino of Asia’, in 1997 Pacino Wan was featured by Newsweek as one of Hong Kong’s most promising young designers. Pacino is currently working as Course Leader for Fashion and Photography at the Hong Kong Design Institute and his award-winning collections are favoured by Hong Kong celebrities and socialites.

Victor Tong is also an academic and gives lectures on Fashion and Image Design at Hong Kong Design Institute, the same university where he studied for his Master of Arts in Visual Cultural Studies. As an expert in image and make up design, he has contributed to over 150 musical productions, including High School Musical (2008/2009) and The Wizard of Oz (2007).


With such a wealth of experience between them, the two colleagues and their double guest lecture on “The Fashion Battlefield in China” and “Chinese Opera Mask Art & Chinese Tradition” was very well received by both students and staff alike.

Emma Calder, Senior Lecturer in Make-Up and Hair Design, was full of praise for the two designers:

“It was wonderful to meet Victor and Pacino. Their lecture was a unique experience for both students and lecturers here at Solent.

“Pacino gave us an in-depth insight into the world of fashion design in China, along with insider knowledge about creating a successful fashion label, something many of our fashion students are aiming for. And Victor’s talk on Chinese opera mask art was riveting from beginning to end – giving our Make-up and Hair Design students a lot of inspiration for the future.”

In addition to delivering the lectures, Pacino Wan and Victor Tong met with key people in Solent University’s Fashion Department to discuss ways in which the two designers can collaborate with the University again in the future.

To read more about the unique events taking place at the University throughout the year, be sure to take a look at Solent’s events page.