F Word Magazine

August 11th, 2015 § Comments Off on F Word Magazine § permalink

We were happy to collaborate with creative director Hagna S Koh for her editorial vision published in F Word Magazine.


Yan To recycled furniture concepts

April 16th, 2015 § 3 comments § permalink

I can’t bring myself to throw much away. I can always see new uses for things that might otherwise be trash. Recently I have created the bath lounger which is created from a metal bath I was gifted and wood from my old cutting table. Everything used in it’s creation was already in my workshop. I am especially please with the washers which hold the headrest in place. These are remains of the cutting discs used to shape the bath.

The seat pad and back rest are created by attaching pieces of wood to a sponge base which mould to your body. The idea of soft wood was inspired by Samurai armour.

Yan To bath lounger concept Yan To recycled bath lounger seat Yan To recycled bath lounger concept. Soft wooden cushion pads.

Yan To recycled furniture bath concept headrest detail

Yan To recycled spider leg bench concept

Sculpture by Yan To

March 16th, 2015 § Comments Off on Sculpture by Yan To § permalink

For me fabric is only one means of self expression. I have been experimenting with many other mediums including sculpture. Here is a piece titled Conformity II of III. If you can find meaning in this, please let me know and I will be intrigued to discuss.

Yan To sculpture Conformity II of IIIYan To sculpture Conformity II of III detail 1.

London Fashion Week September 2014

September 9th, 2014 § Comments Off on London Fashion Week September 2014 § permalink


Anatomy of a design. The cloth-less dress.

May 12th, 2014 § Comments Off on Anatomy of a design. The cloth-less dress. § permalink

Those of you who follow my work, know I work extensively with elastics. The elastic pieces are created by weaving elastics onto a dress base and sewing them into position. I had a look in my archives and came across the anatomy of a dress, which explained how I created what is essentially a cloth-less dress.

When I started AW12, I was obsessed with the idea that the dress base could be dispensed with altogether and a dress could be made by attaching the elastic strips together. There are of course a number of issues which make this an almost pointless task but sometimes in order to move an idea forward you have to pursue the seemingly pointless.

Anyway. The first issue is shape so I chose to work with my number one mannequin and laid out a rough shape.


The dress had to be taken off and sewn after positioning a few strips of elastic, in order to maintain integrity of shape and strength.

The solid areas had to be gridded out.

The design just kind of happened as the dress started to take shape. The original intention was to create a short dress but the elastics were draping so beautifully that it made more sense to carry on.

The chest was especially challenging, to create a 3D structure.

The base of the dress was left with trailing strips of elastic paying homage to the composition of the dress. From laying the first grid to sewing trimming the last thread, the dress took 62 hours to make, or in fashion designer days, 3.

It is a process which I find absorbing and although time consuming, the results speak for themselves. This design is going to be available to our couture clients only, as it has to be made to fit perfectly. The costs involved are actually a whole lot less than a wedding dress…….now that’s a thought……





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