Polimoda’s 4th year Footwear & Accessories Design student Zixin Yang has won the A Forward Vision for Eyewear Heritage competition. This is the first tutoring project for the eyewear in the world, and is run by Safilo, the Italian leader of premium eyewear, in association with L’Uomo Vogue.
Zixin won the Masterpiece Award for the most artistic and original frames, and was admired by both Safilo and Vogue executives; “she presented a very sophisticated design in terms of product, almost disengaged from its actual function, and with fascinating storytelling reflecting the vision of not only a true artist, but also a fine designer.” These frames will now be produced as a single piece by Safilo; a company whose production portfolio includes Dior, Fendi, Gucci, BOSS, Céline, Fossil, Givenchy, Marc Jacobs, and Pierre Cardin.
The finalists of the competition categories Masterpiece, Capsule Collection and Product School were all young creative talents from the world over, each reinventing eyewear with originality and flair. These designers then had the opportunity to show their work in a special exhibition held in Safilo’s showroom during Milan Fashion Week and MIDO.
When you have a tradition as strong as Safilo has, planning for the future and conveying your know-how to future generations becomes a true ethical commitment. For this reason, we wanted to put energy, creativity and dedication into this scouting project, and I am now very proud of its results. My wishes go to the winners in their further pursuit of eyewear with the same determination and enthusiasm.
We asked Zixin a few quick questions about her experience:
I am absolutely thrilled to be selected as the winner of the Masterpiece price at the Safilo competition! It has been an inspiring and new experience for me in terms of eyewear design.
As a footwear and accessories designer, attention to detail is essential and this is applied to eyewear as well. I always am seeking balance in different ways. The look, colour, material and even the whole collection; balance is carried throughout my blood. This contest gave me the opportunity to express that part of me in eyewear, which I never thought I would have the chance to even try. I am very glad the design came out well, and was appreciated.
My collection reflects a huge part of who I am. I was initially inspired by Sarah Blood’s sculpture. Her work combines concrete or clay with the fragility of light and glass. It then led me to look into the contrast between natural and man made objects, the properties between fragility and density, and between the organic and precisely cut shape. The eyewear has been infused with contemporary abstraction in design and delicacy in form, which lies perfectly in the balance and contrast that I am looking for.
As a footwear and accessories designer, my love for shoes is still there. But I would love to learn more about the eyewear industry. Either working with amazing artists to create special pieces or create my own collection, my goal is to bring back the desire of people wanting to own their unique piece of eyewear.