At-One-Ment

At-One-Ment

Wanbing Huang

Please introduce yourself to the readers of Dull Magazine.
My name is Wanbing Huang. I am a fashion designer focused on exploring womens’ delicate emotions and consciousness. Fashion for me is an outlet to show women's emotions and to bring them spiritual resonance and comfort.
You were in Paris last October to show the At-One-Ment Spring-Summer 2019 collection. What can you tell us about it, what inspired it, and what inspired the installation at the presentation?
The city of Paris and the At-One-Ment women have a several things in common. There is nothing that can undermine Paris’ graciousness. Despite unfortunate events such as terrorist attacks, Paris still thrives and blossoms for its visitors, just like the At-One-Ment women that I portray in my designs. They are sophisticated and are calmly overcoming challenges in life with natural elegance.
My Spring-Summer 2019 collection is called “Le Lumiére Intérieure,” and is about being embraced, healed, protected by the light and becoming a whole. The installation in the show venue represents light and reflections.
You recently showed your Autumn-Winter 2019 collection at Shanghai Fashion Week. Who is this collection directed to, and is there a message are you conveying through it?
I designed my AW19 collection, “Femme Maison,” with my own interpretation of Louise Bourgeois’ early work. The architectural forms in Bourgeois’ prints are, from my perspective, external objects that belong to the external world and cannot prevent us women from exploring ourselves.
After being confused and escaping, women can imperturbably face everything around them. We build our own houses within our hearts.
"I could tell the 'Renaissance' in China’s creative industry would happen, as China has a rich heritage and is rich is resources, in labour force, in raw materials and in manufacturing to support creative talents." [At-One-Ment]
We witnessed the rise of Shanghai on the fashion landscape in Asia and globally. Could you see it happen or was it a conscious and collective effort to make it happen?
I could tell the “Renaissance” in China’s creative industry would happen, as China has a rich heritage and is rich in resources, in labour force, in raw materials and in manufacturing to support creative talents.
However, it is by chance that I got to appear on the fashion landscape of my own country. I have received great support from Shui On Group since I was selected to receive the Xintiandi scholarship. They support my art exhibitions and fashion shows in Shanghai so I can inspire a wider population with my aesthetics and perspectives.
At-One-Ment was once called Wanbing Huang. When did you and what made you feel that a rebranding was necessary?
I came across the word “At-One-Ment” in the dictionary. It stands for the unfolding of one's consciousness, to the point where the "True Self," the divine nature, is realised. A flower unfolds petal by petal, so does one's spiritual evolution, revealing the deeper realms.
I chose At-One-Ment because the word can best describe my design philosophy and can have many stories created around it. I wish people would focus more on my designs and expression than on my person, so I decided to rebrand after my graduation as it was a turning point of my design path.
The brand DNA and values are still the same. I just use a better name to describe my universe.
You attended Central Saint Martins, one of the best fashion schools on the planet. In that era of self-taught creatives, how important was it for you to go to school and what did you learn there that you still apply now?
Going to school is not only about lectures. Studying at CSM was a chance to exchange ideas with other creative talents. I have obtained skills of observation and communication, which are beneficial to get inspired.
Fashion has always been part of your previous exhibitions. Are you working on a new project in that area?
I am about to showcase my latest art installation called “The Swirl” in the Xintiandi shopping mall during Fall-Winter 2019 Shanghai Fashion Week.
My past creations will also be re-organised and shown in the exhibition to present my emotions and memories in the different stages of my design path.

Interview by Iggy Nko.

At-One-Ment

Wanbing Huang

Please introduce yourself to the readers of Dull Magazine.
My name is Wanbing Huang. I am a fashion designer focused on exploring womens’ delicate emotions and consciousness. Fashion for me is an outlet to show women's emotions and to bring them spiritual resonance and comfort.
You were in Paris last October to show the At-One-Ment Spring-Summer 2019 collection. What can you tell us about it, what inspired it, and what inspired the installation at the presentation?
The city of Paris and the At-One-Ment women have a several things in common. There is nothing that can undermine Paris’ graciousness. Despite unfortunate events such as terrorist attacks, Paris still thrives and blossoms for its visitors, just like the At-One-Ment women that I portray in my designs. They are sophisticated and are calmly overcoming challenges in life with natural elegance.
My Spring-Summer 2019 collection is called “Le Lumiére Intérieure,” and is about being embraced, healed, protected by the light and becoming a whole. The installation in the show venue represents light and reflections.
You recently showed your Autumn-Winter 2019 collection at Shanghai Fashion Week. Who is this collection directed to, and is there a message are you conveying through it?
I designed my AW19 collection, “Femme Maison,” with my own interpretation of Louise Bourgeois’ early work. The architectural forms in Bourgeois’ prints are, from my perspective, external objects that belong to the external world and cannot prevent us women from exploring ourselves.
After being confused and escaping, women can imperturbably face everything around them. We build our own houses within our hearts.
"I could tell the 'Renaissance' in China’s creative industry would happen, as China has a rich heritage and is rich is resources, in labour force, in raw materials and in manufacturing to support creative talents." [At-One-Ment]
We witnessed the rise of Shanghai on the fashion landscape in Asia and globally. Could you see it happen or was it a conscious and collective effort to make it happen?
I could tell the “Renaissance” in China’s creative industry would happen, as China has a rich heritage and is rich in resources, in labour force, in raw materials and in manufacturing to support creative talents.
However, it is by chance that I got to appear on the fashion landscape of my own country. I have received great support from Shui On Group since I was selected to receive the Xintiandi scholarship. They support my art exhibitions and fashion shows in Shanghai so I can inspire a wider population with my aesthetics and perspectives.
At-One-Ment was once called Wanbing Huang. When did you and what made you feel that a rebranding was necessary?
I came across the word “At-One-Ment” in the dictionary. It stands for the unfolding of one's consciousness, to the point where the "True Self," the divine nature, is realised. A flower unfolds petal by petal, so does one's spiritual evolution, revealing the deeper realms.
I chose At-One-Ment because the word can best describe my design philosophy and can have many stories created around it. I wish people would focus more on my designs and expression than on my person, so I decided to rebrand after my graduation as it was a turning point of my design path.
The brand DNA and values are still the same. I just use a better name to describe my universe.
You attended Central Saint Martins, one of the best fashion schools on the planet. In that era of self-taught creatives, how important was it for you to go to school and what did you learn there that you still apply now?
Going to school is not only about lectures. Studying at CSM was a chance to exchange ideas with other creative talents. I have obtained skills of observation and communication, which are beneficial to get inspired.
Fashion has always been part of your previous exhibitions. Are you working on a new project in that area?
I am about to showcase my latest art installation called “The Swirl” in the Xintiandi shopping mall during Fall-Winter 2019 Shanghai Fashion Week.
My past creations will also be re-organised and shown in the exhibition to present my emotions and memories in the different stages of my design path.

Interview by Iggy Nko.