" When I look back on my childhood memories, I sense something is missing. It feels like working on a puzzle and not finding the last piece to fill the blank. This emptiness relates to how I see my father. He is present in my memories, but there is an absence of the inner support I would expect in a father-daughter relationship. "

My thesis is about confronting my intricate feelings when looking into my relationship with my father. There is an emotional conflict between hope and disappointment. These complex feelings weave together, recalling my expectations of my father. By embracing the feelings, I reflect my emotions into the design inspiration. The hope converts into my illusion, and the disappointment becomes a reality. The two contrasting elements blend and shape the silhouette, construction, and details of my collection.


I started my initial research with deconstruction and began with the suit. Since, in my memories, my father always wore a suit, stood straight, and felt reliable, I want to break the image and regenerate my perspectives toward my father.


Through the process, the steady and symmetric form became asymmetric and drapery. Also, the masculine part of the suits started to disappear in my draping, just like the father’s position, which I felt was absent from my upbringing.

Thanks to all who helped me to make this happen :)

Photographer: Stefy Lin
MODEL: Isa Nilwik
Makeup Artist: Shu Zhang
Hairstyles: Taokao Hayashi
Assistant: Phoebe Dai
Assistant: Jiayi Li
Co-producer: Jiawen Shou
Film: Jeffrey Young
Designer: Shihwen Chen




Born and raised in Taiwan, Shihwen Chen is a designer with a passion for exploring diverse approaches to design. Throughout her academic journey, she developed a keen interest in utilizing deconstruction techniques to create unique and innovative designs.

Shihwen Chen specializes in crafting clean, tailored fits that marry modern aesthetics with traditional craftsmanship. Drawing inspiration from her Taiwanese heritage and global influences, she seeks to push the boundaries of conventional fashion.

With valuable experience gained from internships at esteemed fashion houses such as Oscar de la Renta and Monse, Shihwen Chen has honed her skills and gained hands-on experience in every aspect of the design process. She possesses a meticulous attention to detail, ensuring that every garment she creates is a masterpiece of precision and craftsmanship.

Currently based in NewYork, Shihwen Chen is dedicated to making a mark in the fashion industry. She is committed to continuing her journey of exploration and innovation, striving to create designs that not only captivate the eye but also resonate with the soul.