Catherine Whang was born in Korea, but moved to Canada with her family at an early age. She was studying design when her tutor recommended her to apply to Central Saint Martins in London, but in fact, she was already familiar with the institution, as she used to collect interviews of fashion students around the world from various magazines. “Students from CSM talked so highly about the course and school,” she tells us over e-mail. “I felt like it was the right thing to do.”
She commenced on BA Fashion Design with Marketing, as she was keen to know more about the business-side alongside the design process. “I thought it would be beneficial in the future when you are setting up your own label,” she says; “also, the fact that the class size is smaller really interested me.” She mentions her tutors Heather Sproat, Rosemary Wallin, Jan Bigg-Withers and Paul Whitaker as essential in her training, as well as important visiting talks from the likes of Imran Amed (BoF) and Johnny Coca (then Céline, now Mulberry), who gave their trusted opinions from within the industry.
“I WANTED TO DEVELOP TEXTILES THAT WERE INSPIRED BY THE CITYSCAPES OF VEGAS AND EXPERIMENT WITH TRADITIONAL AMISH CLOTHES TO COME UP WITH NEW SILHOUETTES.”