The will to greatness clouds the mind, consumes the senses, veils the signs. Sophisticated modular fashion systems photographed by Marco Giuliano and styled by Anca Macavei, featuring Gaia and Mikaela wearing garments with infinite possibilities by Syzygy.
Can you tell us the story behind Syzygy?
Syzygy is a fashion label co-founded by Yuan Lung Kao and Katrina Yu Wei Lee following their graduation from the Royal College of Art in 2018. We aim to provide modern women with innovative options of interactive clothing combined with architectural silhouettes and creative textiles. We dedicate our aesthetics on multi aspects of fashion. We have some main aspects that we consider to be innovative: modular system, multiple ways of styling and unique textile development. We focus on texture designing, innovatively developing our own fabrics with specialisation in jacquard knitting techniques. Furthermore, we built a sophisticated modular fashion system by offering exchangeable patterns within garments. Multiple shapes, silhouettes, even functions, could be installed in simple steps. Through the combination of specialised textile design and construction, one garment with infinite possibilities could be achieved delicately and interactive possibilities of fashion design could be enhanced exquisitely. The conceptual scaffold of Syzygy was gradually constructed during the MA study in the Royal College of Art, and our second season the AW20 collection “Mercury Transit” has been shown in London Fashion Week in February, 2020.
Can you share with us more about the inspirations behind your brand and collections?
For our brand name is Syzygy and it represents the moment when 3 stars align together, we always start our research with correspondent astronomical moments. And in Taiwan’s culture, Syzygy could also mean the wax and wane of the moon. It symbolises the ultimate circulation and it’s a never-ending circle of life. For the theme of our first 2 seasons, Eclipse and Mercury Transit, are all describing the correspondent concept. We enhanced the poetic moments of stars colliding, and at the same time we combined the images with not only our unique textile design but also the core concept of our brand: “One garment, multiple possibilities”.
What about your creative process, how do you start working on a collection?
We usually start our creative process with a lot of research. Once the theme is decided, we would start an exciting journey of concept building, image hunting and silhouette imaging. We would let the concept lead us to story building, and we would start exploring the possibilities of collaging and creating visual in order to have a more clear picture of our mood for the collection. We then start developing textiles, silhouette according to the visuals we have, and that would lead us to the final making of the collection.
Do you have any particular fabrics you prefer working with?
We don’t necessarily have a very specific type of fabric that we use; yet we do work with a lot of transparent fabrics for our SS Collections, for it creates a romantic and delusional effect for our design. We also use a lot of wool for knitwear in order to create a nice and comfortable texture.
You are both Taipei born and based but you were trained in London at the Royal College of Art. How did the two cultures influence your work?
London and Taipei are very different. Taipei is our root since we both grew up in this city. Taiwan is a fairly small island and it’s located in a very crucial spot alongside the Pacific Ocean. Within our history, a great variety of culture from both east and west has collided in this petite island, and we who are raised in Taiwan are living this abundant historical, cultural background. We are raised to be extremely open minded and curious regarding the world, and we as Taiwanese wants to see everything, and would love to know about everything despite we like it or not. London on the other hand has a very magnificent development process of art and design. It is one of the greatest city there is to study art and design and it not only obtain a glorious history for it but also raised the most creative, innovative and edgy minds for art. London has nurtured us with the most futuristic thinking possible and encourages stepping up in to the stage of the world. We are bearing our root from Taiwan and thrilling absorbing everything we’ve seen in London, and the experience combined in two cities has greatly influence us to grow into designers with unique mind and that’s something irreplaceable.
Your first collection was called “Eclipse”, while the one highlighted in our pictures “Mercury Transit”, what should be expecting from you next?
For our next season, we will be presenting “The dream of a stargazer.” We’ve been traveling in the universe for 2 seasons within the realm of Syzygy, and for the upcoming season, we would want to introduce you a story about someone who gazes starts, and the dreamy land of that someone. We would be exploring a completely different color palette and a romantic storyline that will bring you into an unexpected adventure in the world of the dreams.
Photography: Marco Giuliano / @marcogiulianoph
Styling: Anca Macavei / @ancamacavei
Creative direction: Inga Lavarini / @ilavarini
Assistant: Martina Cambruzzi / @martinacambruzzi
Set design using: Gravity Backdrops / @gravitybackdrops
Gaia at Elite Models / @gaiastorelli
Mikaela at Wave Management / @mikaela.keegan
All garments: Syzygy / @syzygy.online