Syna Chen

Image by Kate Meakin

Currently completing her Master of Fashion (Design), Chinese-born designer Syna Chen sees fashion as a cultural translator and clothing as a universal language. She believes that clothing can communicate with any culture, even extraterrestrial and alien cultures. Her graduate collection is about political fashion for alien visitors, creating inflatable clothing for a future political utopia. The collection takes place on Europa, bringing together inflatable technology in virtual (or imaginary) alien and human cultures. The collection shows her interest in breaking the boundaries between traditional fashion design and other fields and constantly challenging the possibilities of fashion design.

Wominjeka (Welcome). We acknowledge the Yaluk-ut Weelam as the traditional custodians of the land on which we meet. Yaluk-ut Weelam means ‘people of the river camp’ and is connected with the coastal land at the head of Port Phillip Bay, extending from the Werribee River to Mordialloc. The Yaluk-ut Weelam are part of the Boon Wurrung, one of the five major language groups of the greater Kulin Nation. We pay our respects to the land, their ancestors and their elders—past, present and to the future.