We are delighted for the fourth year to host the Taiwan Region Real Leather. Stay Different. Student Design Competition 2023, a search for the best of Taiwan’s new designers and for those who want to promote slow style and a more sustainable future for fashion.
To encourage thinking about our planet’s future and to combat this waste, our judges challenged students to create an original, innovative, and visually stunning design made from real cattle leather. They were interested to see how entrants approach creating garments that will not only last, but be loved, for a lifetime.
Each of the three category winners will receive a trophy, a cash prize [amount to be determined by the regional organizers], certificate and Coffee Table Book covering the competition and including their entry. The Overall Winner, chosen from the three category winners by a panel of judges, will have their entry professionally made and it will form part of a capsule collection showcasing the best international talent and unveiled at an event hosted in Europe in October 2023.
After studying metalwork and working in Italy for six years, and obtaining a Master’s degree in Applied Arts, Sandberg Institute in the Netherlands, She lived there for nine years and exhibited her works in galleries and exhibitions around the world. In 2012, she returned to Taiwan and continued to create jewellery while actively curating exhibitions. also founded and managed Mano Contemporary Jewellery Gallery until 2017, and currently continue to create works and collaborate with different organizations on curation.
Specialized in womenswear
2012-2013 Central Saint Martins MA Fashion -Womenswear (Incomplete)
2007-2010 London College of Fashion BA Fashion Design -Womenswear
Yuan-Chin interned for many independent designers including Peter Pilotto, Giles, Marios Schwab while on her break from college. She worked as an assistant for Husam el Odeh, the renown jewellery designer who won British Fashion Award in 2010. She assisted on various projects including collaborations with Acne, Pringle, Swarovski, Mihara Yasuhiro etc.
After relocation in Taipei, she worked for Makalot industrial CO as the women’s Ready-to-Wear team leader for 4 years.
Yuan-Chin co-founded Alufai Studio in 2019, the brand has a rebellious yet romantic image and was soon nominated for the 7th Asia Fashion Collection award in Tokyo and selected for the Lane Crawford x Labelhood Shanghai list. Alufai Studio has a various media coverage including Vogue Taiwan, Elle Taiwan, Sicky Magazine, Nasty Magazine, Schön etc. and a strong celebrity/kol fans support. Alufai Studio currently stock at fashion boutique in Taipei, Shanghai, Chengdu, Chongqing, Beijing, Fuzhou, Wuhu, Changchun.
Mao Tsen Chang
Multicultural influenced fashion designer heed of trend and aesthetic. Educated in London and traveling between Paris, Shanghai and Taiwan have expanded solid experiences in fashion industry.