Chapter 2: Yuan

源 (YUAN) is a collaborative exhibition with Fine Art artist, Benedict Yu.

This collaboration features an exceptional fashion collection that reconciles a human’s origin through artistic techniques. It functions as a story plot that tells the audience a story of who we are.

This collection titled 源 (yuan) is inspired by the concept of ‘origin’. We aim to challenge and expand our understanding of fashion and art beyond utility and aesthetics to a conceptual expression. And in this case, 源 (yuan) is a conceptual expression of identity.


“We should always be comfortable in our skin — who we are, what we want to be, what we do, what we aspire our life to be. After all, nobody knows you best but yourself.” 

There are 2 approaches of realising this collection:

Firstly, the outer layer, which Benedict will be designing and making, is a layer called the ‘outer shell’. This outer shell is meant to represent the routine of society in which hardens us. School, Work, Life. Yes, no doubt these are essentials to us. But it has become so staple that we might start losing ourselves. Hence, these outer shells are decorated with rice/sand bits eluding to the ultimate fall of these particulars representing the eventual reveal of once inner true self.

Second, is where Joanna’s inner garments come into play. These garments are meant to represent who we truly are. In comparison to the monotone colors (black and white), bright bold and vivid colors are what we truly represents us - spirit & life. Using the artists’ artworks, Joanna creates prints and textiles that will be translated onto fabric as a wearable garment. Comfort is key so soft and breathable fabric are used to compliment the designs.