Raffles Tao is a fashion designer. She was graduated from Parsons the New School for Design. She was a fashion design intern of Anna Sui, Marchesa, Tanya Taylor and Alexander Wang. She have established her designer brand “RAFFLES TAO”.
Raffles Tao是一個時裝設計師，她畢業於帕森設計學院，她曾在Anna Sui、Marchesa、Tanya Taylor 、Alexander Wang等國際品牌當過實習設計師，她建立了自己設計的品牌“RAFFLES TAO”。
M&M: When did your passion for fashion design started?
Raffles Tao: I started studying fashion design in Parsons, the New school for Design from 2012-2016 and recently graduated in May. As for my passion for fashion design, it can be regarded as a coincidence as I randomly chose this major when I was in High school third grade. After that, I always love to observe people and try to find the interesting connection between their personality and their sense of fashion. Later, my enthusiasm for creating digital collage artwork also led me to the print design for fashion and now I was trying to hybrid my fine art with my fashion design together.
Raffles Tao: I would say I am still experimenting with different styles, I did minimalism black collection, couture collection as well as collection with bright colors and cooperate with my own prints. In the future, I may focus on minimalism as well as colorful collections. Then I would say my designs are more playful, youth and chic.
M&M: HUNTING SEASON is your previous collection. What made you come up with this idea?
Raffles Tao: The thesis for my collection Hunting Season is based on my artworks and poems I did last year. Basically it is about people who always feel paranoid and regard other people as hunters and themselves as preys. In order to help them, I want to create a fantasy world they can hide themselves in. The prints combine both human hands and botanic elements, which symbolize the society and nature.
M&M:Do you think your designs are reflecting your attitude in life?
Raffles Tao: My designs are closely connected to my collage artworks, galleries I visited and the books I read. I quite love to explore the unknown world, love to find new stories, love art with graphic elements and unexpected colors, so my designs, to some extend, represents my personality and my lifestyle.
M&M: Do you have any idea or plan for the brand’s development in the future?
Raffles Tao: Recently I am collaborating with many photographers and will publish the photo shoots on magazines this summer. As for the future of my brand, I would continue to make several new pieces and then ready to put into production. Also, I will develop accessories, garments as well as artworks, house ware later to give a full mood I want to archive for the next seasons. And I hope people would like my designs.