“I think anyone could be my muse as I believe inspiration comes from anywhere.” – Rui Bao.
RUI BAO – THE INTERVIEW
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN DESIGNING FOR?
I’ve been designing for about 8 years from when I was an undergraduate.
WHAT MADE YOU GET INTO FASHION?
I loved matching different clothes and accessories for my Barbie dolls when I was a child. It was from experimenting with my dolls that I got into design.
HOW DOES THE FASHION SCENE FROM WHERE YOU ARE FROM COMPARE TO ANYWHERE ELSE IN THE WORLD?
I have been studying aboard for almost 8 years. Before I came to the UK, I thought most people in China liked to follow trends and loved brands. However, since being in the UK, I feel that designer brands are more welcomed by the masses. Most of the UK customers and buyers actually care about the concept and the uniqueness of a brand rather than how well-known the label is.
HOW DID YOU GO ABOUT DESIGNING YOUR COLLECTION?
Rui Bao’s speciality is about human conditions and my designs relate to the human senses. I really love to explore the possibility of wearable objects which give the wearer an interactive experience, rather than objects solely for decoration purposes. As a designer and maker, I’m always trying to challenge people’s senses to perceive things from a trans-perceptional perspective. I want to draw people’s attention away from themselves and let them learn more about their body through a series of wearable objects.
RUI, WHO IS YOUR MUSE?
I think anyone can be my muse as I believe inspiration comes from anywhere!
WHAT IS YOUR INSPIRATION FOR NEXT SEASON?
I would like to further develop my collection and be inspired from the human senses. In the forthcoming seasons, I would love to incorporate my work with biotechnology.
WHO SHOULD WE BE LOOKING OUT FOR?
! His designs are so innovative and he has always brought lots of unexpected technology and unconventional material into fashion.
WHICH IS YOUR FAVOURITE DECADE/ERA?
I don’t actually have a favourite era, but all in all I like the current decade.
IF YOU COULD DESIGN A LOOK FOR ANYONE (ALIVE NOW OR DEAD) WHO WOULD IT BE?
My mom! She’s a doctor and is always wearing her white overalls for most of the day. I would really like to design a fresh look for her and invite my mom to try new possibilities.
IF YOU COULD HOP ON A PLANE TO ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD WHERE WOULD YOU GO?
Greece. I really want to take a short break and find a moment of peace to clear my mind.
WHAT DO YOU MISS WHEN YOU’RE NOT AT HOME?
My lovely dog. She always brings such happiness to me. Even if I’m super depressed when I get back home, I see her, and forget it all.
IF YOU HAD ONE WISH, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
Live happy everyday! I think it’s a simple wish but sometimes quite difficult to achieve.
WHAT WOULD RUI BAO LIKE TO PUSH?
The idea that wearable things should not just be for the purpose of decoration, it should be a bridge of our physical and emotional world.
Images courtesy of Rui Bao