Ying GaoCA/QCUniversité du Québec à Montréal (UQÀM)
A Montréal based fashion designer and professor at the Université of Quebec in Montréal, former head of the fashion, jewellery, and accessories design program at HEAD – Genève, Ying Gao (she/her) has achieved personal distinction through her numerous creative projects: six solo exhibitions in France, Switzerland, and Canada, and more than one hundred group exhibitions around the world. Her varied creative work has enjoyed international media coverage. She questions our assumptions about clothing by combining fashion design, product design, and media design. She explores the construction of the garment, taking her inspiration from the transformations of the social and urban environment. Ying Gao explores both the status of the individual, whose physical contours are transformed by external interferences, and the garment’s function as a fragile transitional space. Her work testifies to the profound mutation of the world in which we live and carries with it a radical critical dimension that transcends technological experimentation.