About Rui Xu:
Rui XU (b.1976) is a Chinese fashion designer. She obtained her MA degree in Fashion at the China Central Academy of Fine Arts, and now lectures at the same university. Since 2014, she has furthered her research in fashion design at the Royal College of Art in London. As a pioneer in the field of contemporary fashion art, she not only carries forward eastern aesthetics and Chinese Taoist philosophy in her designs, but also injects innovative creation intotraditional production processes by exploring fabric-making techniques. Her collaboration with Dr. Kinor Jiang, a textile specialist and artist at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, resulted in the successful application of metal plating onto delicate natural textiles.
Rui Xu: ‘From Xuan to Blindness’ at The Royal College of Art:
Rui Xu’s debut exhibition ‘From Xuan to Blindness’ premiered at The Royal College of Art, presenting her definitive idea about the beauty and authenticity of ‘Chineseness’. With more than 20 years as a practitioner of traditional Chinese painting and calligraphy, Rui Xu aims to take the best of the cultural and historic legacy of China and translate it to today’s high-fashion wearers. The exhibition was comprised of clothing, textiles and Direct to Media UV photographic prints on wood and steel.
“The experiments in textiles have led Xu to explore new possible spaces for fashion. Opening the space within the woven structure of her textiles Rui works with metallic paints to create enigmatic layers of surface and substrate. Rui works with traditional silk taffeta, silk organza, silk voile and crepe. She also works with many polymer fabrics, creating an iridescent shimmering ephemeral light which reflects from her garments and illuminates surrounding surfaces. The dazzling painting is reminiscent of calligraphic brushstrokes. Graceful, loose, liquid, flowing the gestures are bold. The movements of the painted surfaces are choreographed dance like. They remind us of the compelling entrancement of clothes brought to life by bodies moving. The fashion pieces are displayed in a dance, the garments hang, mysterious as a veil, on horizontal rods. These remind us that garments are the art we wear. The painted cloth draws an arc between the power of a canvas and the sublime pace of garments on the body.” – Exhibition curator Dr. Claire Pajaczkowska, Royal College of Art.
The exhibition was comprised of three sections; part 1 ‘Xuan: ‘井’shaped upper garment＋ ‘文’shaped trousers= Xiang Wang Yi’, part 2 ‘Xu’s Landscape’ and part 3 ‘Blindness: the Beauty of Burning Colours’.