Amy Nguyen: Fashion, Culture & Sustainability
Words by Dhivyaa Chelvan
Amy Nguyen’s style epitomizes sculptural and functional fashion, with each work representing the designer’s approach to unite contemporary fine art wear with ancient Japanese technique of shaped-resist dyeing. In Amy’s limited-edition custom collections, individually handcrafted expansive piece of cloth is rendered into most beautiful wearable art, that involves many layers and processes which demand intense technical skills and innovative ideas.
This Boston based designer immerses herself in every process from stitching and folding to coloring with dyes, deconstructing, and back to stitching them together. Her hands are a part of every piece and every step until the final design is patterned, draped and finished. It is not surprising that her work and passion for crafted, long-lasting fashion has been recognized and honored internationally.
Amy has been stitching since her childhood as her mother was a quilter, and the importance of creating by hand was instilled from a very young age. With a respect for the environment, she works with the finest quality materials available such as raw undyed fabric or greige goods to consciously control the entire dye process and reduce waste.
By honoring the ancient traditions of her teachers in traditional Japanese art forms (such as Itajime and Nui Shibori, Kimono/Haori making) she aligns her inspiration with culture, balance and geometry. Amy Nguyen’s design line includes, but are not limited to scarves, swing coats, travel coats, wraps, vests, and kimonos.
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