Husband and wife Toby Chih-Hao Lo and Chelsea Yu-Chi Liu RHOLLIS
MARRIED STUDENTS FROM TAIWAN TO SHOWCASE INNOVATIVE FOOTWEAR DESIGNS AT TOP UK SHOW
Married Taiwanese students Toby Chih-Hao Lo and Chelsea Yu-Chi Liu who came to the UK to study De Montfort University’s unique Footwear Design degree have both been selected to showcase their work at the UK’s biggest fashion industry event.
DMU in Leicester teamed up with MODA Footwear this year for ‘History in the Making’, a bespoke project which challenged final year footwear design students to create shoes that bring the rich heritage of the footwear industry into the 21st century.
Toby Chih-Hao Lo and Chelsea Yu-Chi Liu are among six students who were then selected by a panel of industry experts for their innovative designs to be displayed at the MODA Footwear show on 21 – 23 February at the NEC in Birmingham. Their designs will also feature in leading trade magazine Fashion Extras.
Chelsea and Toby, both 30, had studied and worked in Australia for six years before coming to the UK but both grew up in Taiwan; Chelsea is from Taipei and Toby is from Taichung where his family have a shoe company called Dragon Year Ltd.
Chelsea said: “We are really delighted to both be selected to show our work at MODA.
“My theme is “Victorian era” and I’ve used not only the old styles but also the new styles influenced by Victorian fashions. I love the ruffles and bustle skirts so I used a lot of them when I designed the shoes and my final design is based on Queen Victoria’s bustle skirts.
“I use white leather, textile and elastic webbing on the vamp and very nice red vegetable tan leather for the large decorative plume on the heel. The inspiration of the heel is from ornate wooden designs of Victorian architecture and furniture.”
Toby’s design is entitled “Lobster Chair” and he said: “I have used the classic curved shape and shell-like features of the design-classic chair to inspire this innovative shoe. The upper design includes wire inserted so the wearer can bend it to different shapes to suit their own tastes and outfits.”
Kevin Guildford, Head of Footwear at DMU, said: “This project has given students the chance to show their designs in front of huge industry audience which will open up fantastic opportunities for them.”
MODA Footwear event director Sean O’Connor said: “Students from last year’s footwear design course were invited to present their designs at the August 09 show and we were blown away by the creativity on display.
“MODA is pleased to announce it will now be strengthening its links with De Montfort University with a project that will test students on their innovation and willingness to push the boundaries of footwear design.”
DMU offers the only single honours footwear design course in the UK and has launched many successful designers’ careers. Graduates have secured positions at many leading companies, including Kurt Geiger, Office, French Connection, Adidas and Puma.
來自帝門大學的台灣學生夫妻檔 Toby Chih-Hao Lo and Chelsea Yu-Chi Liu 榮獲殊榮，已於2010年2月21日至23日在英國伯明翰 (Birmingham)國際鞋展，展出獨特的創新鞋類設計。
萊斯特的帝門大學與 MODA Footwear針對今年的鞋展，設計”創造歷史”主題，希望激勵畢業班的同學能創作出帶領鞋業至21世紀的代表作品。Toby and Chelsea 分別以 “ 龍蝦椅 (Lobster Chair) 及維多利亞時代 (Victorian era)” 等主題雙雙被業界專家選中，得以在伯明翰NEC主辦的國際鞋展秀出他們的創新設計並將登上知名的貿易雜誌 “ Fashion Extras “版面。
來自台北的Chelsea 和 來自台中的Toby 今年都是３０歲，至英國求學前曾在澳洲唸書及工作達６年，Toby的家中擁有一家名為 Dragon Year Ltd. 的鞋類公司。
Chelsea 表示，她的主題是” 維多利亞時代”，不僅採用傳統風格，也加入深受維多利亞時尚影響的新風格，她非常喜歡褶皺及腰墊裙的風格，因此，在設計鞋子時，運用許多這類元素，最終設計就是以維多利亞腰墊裙為設計原型。在鞋面上，運用白色皮革、織品及鬆緊帶，而在鞋跟的大片羽毛形狀，利用漂亮的紅棕褐色皮革表現。鞋跟的設計靈感是來自維多利亞時代建築及傢俱華麗的木雕設計。
帝門大學鞋類設計主任 Kevin Guildford認為這次的活動提供學生一個在廣大同業面前一展設計的機會及為學生開啟驚人的職場機會。
帝門大學是英國唯一一家提供完整鞋類設計課程的學校，已培育許多成功的設計師，學校的畢業生多在知名的公司任職，如Kurt Geiger, Office, French Connection, Adidas and Puma.