Tuesday, 6 March 2012

Designer: Qui Hao

Qui Hao's collection "Serpens" photographed by Matthieu Belin

Qiu Hao was born in 1978 in the city of Taicang, one hour west of Shanghai. In 2001, after his college study of interior and space design, Qiu Hao launched his first ready-to-wear line "Neither Nor"; it currently sells in nine department stores around China. After five seasons, in 2003, Qiu with his partner QiaoQiao opened their first ONEBYONE Boutique in Shanghai. In 2004, Qiu went to study for an MA in Fashion Womenswear at Central Saint Martins in London. After graduating in 2006, he returned to Shanghai to officially establish his own eponymous label "QIUHAO". His collection and story have been featured in Vogue, Elle, Harper's Bazaar, L'Officiel, V Magazine, WWD, Fast Company, The Wall Street Journal, BBC, and more; furthermore, he has been invited and shown his collection in Singapore, Paris, Stockholm, and Sydney.
Qiu Hao's knitwear collection was presented at the Palais de Tokyo during Couture Fashion Week 2008; this collection also won the prestigious Woolmark Prize, and Qiu Hao thus joins a group of top designers such as Karl Lagerfeld, Donna Karan, and Giorgio Armani in the Woolmark Hall of Fame.
In 2010, Qiu Hao was named by Forbes as one of the top 25 most important people in the Chinese fashion industry.

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