After seven years of studying, she feels ready to start her working career. With the creation of her own label in mind, either in New York or in China, she wants her voice to be heard. “I would like to have my own space inside the fashion industry,” Li says. A space in the intersection between womenswear and menswear, in an attempt to experiment with unisex clothing. The Chinese designer believes there is a lot to improve in this area. She would like to see more fun and pleasure in men’s knitwear, for example.
“If you have a lot of courage and confidence with your work, you can’t just fade away”
But in a world facing a recession, again, having your own studio is not an easy task. Even working for others has become a struggle for fashion graduates. “A lot of companies have fired a lot of people recently, and many of them have even erased the entire knitwear department,” says Li.
No matter how challenging being a designer might be these days, she refuses to believe that such talented people will just vanish. “If you have a lot of courage and confidence with your work, you can’t just fade away,” she says. Zhuoran Li’s advice is very clear: “Keep researching, keep swimming, and be yourself.”