Isabel Haidan Fan


Thesis Statement

During the journey of building a trustful relationship with myself, I discovered the transformative power of journaling. Through the reflective lens of writing, I gained insight into my worth and value, nourishing the belief that I am enough. Inspired by affirmations and the introspective nature of diary entries, journaling became my vehicle for practicing self-love. I hope to translate this journey into my creative expression by transforming garments into abstract, wearable, tattoos. These wearable reminders serve as a self reminder to embrace myself as I go through phases of self sabotage.
Each piece is a testament to resilience, transforming pain into a canvas for self-acceptance, empowerment, and healing. 
Each look embodies a statement:
1. "Good enough is good enough" (laser-cut printed skirt)  
2. "I am the Main Character" (laser-cut trousers)  
3. "Love Yourself Like a Child" (laser-cut letter dress)  
4. "Like A Child" (embroidered print top) + "Enough Loved" (embroidered letters on a skirt)   
5. "I ♡ ME" (laser-cut letters on a long-sleeve top)


Isabel Haidan Fan is a multicultural backgrounded designer who grew up in Beijing, Chicago and Vancouver. Aside from her BFA Fashion Design degree in Parsons New York, she also studied abroad at London College of Fashion and studied Strategic Management at Yonsei University's international summer program. 

Isabel gained practice at magazine publications, which included Madame Figaro, Grazia, and Mensuno as a stylist assistant and further studied styling during her study abroad semester in London College of Fashion. Isabel’s fashion and styling works have been published in Selin. 

Isabel's perspective on the world and herself was shaped by frequent relocations during her childhood. Finding identity through clothing is a core theme to her work as she explores methods of practicing self-love through writing and transferring writing in garments. Isabel is interested in exploring cultures through language in her clothing. Sustainability also plays a big part in her design process. In past projects, Isabel has demonstrated her innovative approach by creating garments from upcycled materials. Her thesis collection incorporates 50% deadstock with materiality of laser cut, fabric print, machine knit and quilting.