Julian Chang – Fashion Maven
Fashion Designer Julian Chang is a man-about-the-world. Growing up in Peru, the son of a Chinese father and Peruvian mother Julian’s multi-cultural environment embraced support for family, loyalty, integrity, education, and a strong work ethic. Today he brings his international love of color to his base of operations and inspiration in Miami, Florida. A talented fashion designer who understands a woman’s shape and accentuating her best features, his designs are cut to flatter. In more than 500 boutiques worldwide, his collections are popular with stylish women and celebrities.
He has served internships doing fashion illustrations for several magazines, and free-lancing design for men’s, children’s clothes, and swim-wear. After graduating he became an Assistant Designer for sports-wear and within eight months was named Head Designer. This rapid advancement gave him the confidence to go off on his own and create his own small evening collection under his own label “Julian Chang”.
Talk about your newest collection.
I just completed my Fall 2014 Collection I am very excited about the Collection because I was able to locate new fabrics with interesting textures. The Collection was inspired by an Uptown City Girl with touches of femininity and a hint of innocence. The style is modern and romantic with simple lines and an intricate mix of fabrics.
What does fashion mean to you?
Fashion is my reason for being. It is the foundation of my lifestyle and makes me feel excited, creative, and as if I am giving back of myself to others.
How would you define your personal style?
Practical and sophisticated. I feel comfortable in Alexander McQueen when I am in a casual environment. In more formal surroundings I tend more toward the styles of Tom Ford.
How would you define Miami’s fashion?
Sophisticated light and airy with bright colors and sensual overtones; the essence of the Miami woman.
Who are some of your favorite designers? Why?
Diane von Furstenberg: She has reinvented herself so many times and she is still meaningful in the industry after more than three decades.
Valentino: I love the cuts, how he thinks women should present themselves, and the glamor that he represents.
Lanvin: The styles are very innovative, and always find different ways to be creative outside the then common practices.
Where do you buy your fabrics and other sewing materials?
I buy my fabrics and materials typically from Showrooms in New York and Los Angeles, and from specific manufacturers with whom I have traditionally worked in Turkey, France and Italy.
What matters to you most as a fashion designer?
It is important to me to have a unique identity as a designer and to establish a message and/or mood in my collections. Of course I am an artist; the process of fashion design is creative and provides a means of expressing my emotions on a blank canvas.