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in tran · sient

UniversityParsons School of Design
Lead DesignersYayi Chen
Design TeamAccessory collaboration with Andree Kong, Artist collaborator Cathy Mou
CreditsPhotography by Lusan & Son Dae Yoon
Prize(s)Emerging Fashion Designer of the Year
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Entry Description

“in tran · sient” is a collaborative collection of fashion, performance and film created by Yayi Chen in collaboration with London based artist Cathy Mou, which aims to question the overlooked labouring body of women in the Chinese immigrant community in Europe. In Yayi Chen's design system, symbolic objects from the Chinese Restaurant interior are transformed into wearable garments through performance art. Women “in tran · sient” are adorned with mounting drop beads, flaring fringes and decorative knit jacquards that enhance the objectification of immigrant women’s body.


Yayi’s artistic inspirations stem from her unique trilingual and multicultural upbringing. She grew up in both Spain and China, and was fortunate to be immersed in the artistic atmosphere of both beautiful and distinct cultures. For the past five years, her cultural experiences enriched further on through her study on fashion design in Parsons the New School for Design New York campus as well as exchanging to Central Saint Martins in London. She has worked for the renowned fashion houses including The Row and Thom Browne during her stay in New York.

Awards and Prize

- 2019 CFDA Fashion Future Graduate Showcase
- 2019 Parsons Academic Award: Creative Systems Winner
- 2019 PARSONS X Solstiss French Lace Sponsorship and Competition Winner
- 2019 Parsons X Neiman Marcus Hudson Yards Fashion Showcase
-2019 Parsons X Luxarity / Lane crawford partnership award finalist
- 2018 CFDA Scholarship Award Winner
- 2018 Liz Claiborne Scholarship Award, parsons finalist nomination
- Parsons The New School for Design, Dean’s Scholarship, 2014-2019