Creations by ESG UQAM School of Fashion professor Ying Gao in a Hong Kong museum


May 3 2024  ̶  M+, Hong Kong’s new museum of contemporary visual culture, has acquired the 2 5 2 6 projectby designer Ying Gao, a professor at the ESG UQAM School of Fashion and the School of Design. The 2 5 2 6 project comprises two robotic polymorphic garments made from woven materials, screen-printed by hand, and consolidated materials specially designed to simulate the effects of virtual clothing. Their undulations invite us to ponder non-material clothing and the virtual body.

M+, which opened its doors in November 2021, features works from various visual art forms, including design, architecture and the moving image. Designed by Herzog & de Meuron, the museum occupies a total area of 65,000 square meters and includes 33 galleries. Ying Gao’s work was acquired by the museum last February.

Following the Fashion Fictions exhibition, presented at the Vancouver Art Gallery (Vancouver’s fine arts museum) from May 27 to October 9, 2023, another piece by the designer was added to the collection of a national museum. The Vancouver Art Gallery acquired the Purple Skin project last January. For that project, Ying Gao worked with artificial skin in order to generate complex constructions, partially shifting the garments from prêt-à-porter to objects of fictional design. With a degree of ambivalence, the techniques and materials evoke skin folds and wounds.

Ying Gao’s work is regularly covered by the world’s major fashion and design magazines. Her creations have been shown in dozens of exhibitions around the world and are in several permanent collections, including those of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the Musée de la civilization de Québec and the Deste Foundation for Contemporary Art.

The article was first published in Actualités UQAM on March 21, 2024.


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