Dynasty of Benediction is the graduate collection of Daniel Kwok and seeks to present a visually astounding showcase that reflects the designers’ past and present influences – as if this was an introduction to the designer him- self. The collection contains clear references to both Eastern and Western links and collides these two contrasting cultures together in a package that is fun, quirky and entertaining to watch. The more pronounced features of these two cultures comes through in the choice of fabrication used (modernist architecture), composition of forms (Western silhouettes and Eastern details) and screen-printed Eastern terms (Chinese calligraphy). The idea of harmonising these main elements is to transform the strength of each individual feature into a cohesive and provocative Resort collection.
The hallmarks of modern architecture dictate that form follows function and in the same way, outfits in this collection have been composed to best showcase the structures and fibre(s) of each individual garment. By doing so, we are presented with looks whose fabrics conduct a sort of exchange amongst themselves – both revealing and concealing as well as continuously skewering the focus-point of each garment. There is also a simplicity and clarity in these forms that has been composed from cues observed within the Western fashion industry (strong lines and the elimination of superfluous details) as well as the integration of archetypal Eastern details (up- turned mandarin collar and Eastern drape). The decision to use singular colours within each outfit also works with modernist teachings and further lends itself to the attached meanings of colour that pervades Eastern culture. The Chinese typography used (‘福’) means blessing, bliss and good fortune which has a strongly emotive quality within the Asia region and this word has been applied in two different forms; one being a direct hand-written calligraphy from a well-recognized artist and the other a deconstructed and re-formed version developed into a motif.
Dynasty of Benediction can be summarised as a showcasing of the designers’ creative abilities captured in a range that possesses strength within a commercial market.