Friday, November 12, 2010

Beijing - day 2.5

day 2.5 at Beijing, I revisited 798 Art Zone. 798, or Dashanzi Art District, is located at Chaoyang District of Beijing. it was formerly a joint factory complex of military-industrial purpose back in 1950s. the structures were built originally as a brainchild between the Soviet Union and the PRC and later joined forces with East Germany. foreign influence was imprinted early at age beyond the architecture. back in the days when the plant was operating, it was one of the rare districts where western culture and experience were realized through the lives of the workers there during the revolutionary China. nowadays 798 has become the avant-garde, most artistic forward space for commercial and contemporary art activities. it is a vast space to walk through and the most enjoyable way is to do it leisurely, resting in between visits of the galleries for a coffee break at the many cafes nearby. as always, I was deeply impressed and amazed at the works every time I visit.   

read more about 798 here: 

art inside the cafe we had lunch

Transformer at 798

fish pond at factory remains

way out of a gallery

it happens that there was a Swedish fashion exhibition going on at 798 and here are some of the designs I like: 

Fifth Avenue Shoe Repair - A/W 2008
husband & wife team Astrid Olsson & Lee Cotter

Sandra Backlund - A/W 2008
Sandra Backlund

Ann-Sofie Back - S/S 2008
Ann-Sofie Back

The Local Firm - A/W 2008
design duo Richard Hutchinson & Axel Nyhage

Swedish fashion is indeed gaining an important ground in the hearts of the fashionables. look beyond the populist visions of H&M and Ikea, haven't we already fell under the spell of the tasteful minimalism of the Swedish designs? streetwear brands like Acne Jeans (I heart very much) and Cheap Monday are winning global welcome. Ann-Sofie Back is already stealing media scenes with her shows in Paris and London.

check out the Swedish designer brands here:

Fifth Avenue Shoe Repair

Sandra Backlund

Ann-Sofie Back

The Local Firm

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