Sagittaire A is a sociological exploration of fashion and how it reflects the individual’s identity. The Franco-Chinese brand was born out of Gin Zhang’s desire to find a creative medium utilizing existing channels that were available to him and the entire process is made anew through a vertical process.
The Fall 19 presentation entitled, “The Diderot Effect”, consists of a performance-based showing of the collection integrated with Gin’s paintings and installations. Using painted glass boxes is a way to showcase the redefining perception of one’s identity by obscuring the subjective reality.
Vintage electronic tv sets are also displayed throughout the space that will stream the last two season of Sagittaire A and depicting films directed by Gin from those seasons, as well as a slide show of his paintings.
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Rooted in traditional aspects of clothing and tailoring, this season focuses on distressed garments, purposefully unfinished knitting and reversed seaming.
The collection was composed of materials and fabrics such as horse hide, nylon fused with crushed paper to create a wrinkled effect, wool felt, wool silk, and at times combined with carbon fiber shoulder pads and seams with polyurethane wax. Each piece hand dyed using traditional dip dye methods, making each piece one of a kind, taking modern symbols from pop culture and reinterpreting them for a familiarity factor.
Compelled by the proliferation of social media, Gin questions the meaning of identity. Each piece in the collection therefore forms its own. Inspired by the Diderot Effect, one can see how one’s identity is reflected through clothing while at the same time staying true to yourself.
Sagittaire A is sold exclusively in 25 stores worldwide, including Maxfield in Los Angeles, IF in New York, The Library in London, L’Ecaireur in Paris, PNP in Florence, Ink in Hong Kong and Eliminator in Tokyo.