Taiwanese designer shines at Rome Fashion Week
Taipei, Feb. 6 (CNA) Taiwanese designer John Zucca Cheng (鄭佳弘) took center stage at AltaRoma, Rome’s famous fashion week held from Feb. 2-5, showcasing his eponymous clothing brand.
During the fashion show, Cheng presented her latest fall/winter collection Future Skin. Accompanied by Taiwanese indigenous singer-songwriter ABAO’s N1, an artist-only 7-track compilation album, the creations have garnered a lot of attention.
Cheng said he was honored to bring his brand John Zucca, which combines Taiwanese and Italian fashion aesthetics, to the catwalk, adding that Future Skin’s goal is to convey the idea of breaking away from the patriarchy, gender bias and hierarchy.
According to Cheng, his creation was inspired by Frank Gehry, a Los Angeles-based modern architecture icon and celebrity who is best known for building curvaceous structures and the style of deconstructivism.
By incorporating Gehry’s rigid structural designs and Taiwan’s original cultural elements into his outfit design, Cheng said he created 12 sets of uniquely contoured outfits, which challenge the traditional Italian classical style.
Meanwhile, Cheng noted that her fashion designs also embrace sustainability by innovating based on old clothes and using recycled materials.
Cheng was the only non-Italian of four up-and-coming designers invited to the fashion week, which was also attended by several officials from Taiwan’s representative office in Italy.
Describing Italy as a global fashion leader and AltaRoma as a cradle of fashion talent, Taiwan’s representative in Italy Lee Sing-ying (李新穎) said he was happy to see the fashion show take place. unfold despite the COVID-19 pandemic.
Lee also expressed her joy at seeing Cheng attend the show, introducing Taiwan’s unique and creative fashion designs to the world. He also expressed hope that more talented Taiwanese designers will bring their works to Italy to show Taiwan’s strength in fashion design.
A number of style icons also attended AltaRoma, including Silvia Venturini Fendi, the third-generation matriarch of the Italian luxury fashion house Fendi family; general manager of Altaroma, Adriano Franchi; and Italian singer Vergo.
Teng Mei-jung (鄧美容), head of the culture division of Taiwan’s representative office in Italy, said that the Ministry of Culture and the Ministry of Economic Affairs in Taiwan have recently worked to boost the development of the industry. local fashion by internationalizing local brands.
The government will encourage more emerging designers to engage in exchanges with fashion circles in Italy, Teng added.
AltaRoma, organized by the Chamber of Commerce of Rome and the Lazio region and supported by the Italian Trade Agency and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, aims to stimulate emerging talents and independent designers.
Cheng received a bachelor’s degree in fashion design from Shih Chien University in Taipei and a master’s degree in fashion from Istituto Marangoni in Milan, Italy.
He also studied at ISEM Fashion Business School at the University of Navarre in Madrid.
Cheng won first prize at the 2008 Taiwan Fashion Design Award in Taipei and has worked in London and Madrid. The fashion designer created his brand John Zucca in 2020 in Milan.