Where do you look for inspiration?
Travelling has always been an enormous source of inspiration for me, as it allows me to observe the women of the world. 2020 completely took away the opportunity to go places, but this pushed me to discover new ways to travel, even if only virtually. I have been re-visiting the Forbidden City virtual archives, which is an endless source of inspiration.
How does working between China and Europe influence your work?
I split my time between Qingdao and London, which has allowed me to celebrate the best of both worlds in my designs. I love China for its beautiful, rich traditions and London for its modernity and multiculturalism. Having interned at Dior in Paris and observed haute-couture techniques, I wanted to build a ready-to-wear brand made in China that applied this knowledge and craftsmanship.
Who do you have in mind when you design – who is the Huishan Zhang wearer?
More so than ever, these strange times have enabled me to talk to the women in my life and truly understand what they still dream of and need right now. That is why the latest collection has a lot of interesting daywear, but also some wow pieces that I hope will make women dream of better days ahead. I love to see how varied and international my customer is, and how different cultures will style and interpret my pieces in their own unique way.
What are the Huishan Zhang design signatures?
I have always strived to create timeless pieces with a twist. Whether it’s a tweed jacket with a pearl trim and feather details or a beautiful seasonless gown with haute-couture finishes and dramatic design details.