About the designer

Wanda Wan thumb 1ANGEL CHANG is a womenswear designer from New York who creates versatile dressing solutions for worldly women on the go. Her previous eponymous collection (founded in 2006), grew out of a vision to offer women wardrobes that could actually “do things”—beyond just looking good. The collection’s use of innovative materials, including color-changing prints, light-up fabrics, and self-heating linings, was a first for the American designer market.

As a result of these pioneering efforts, Angel received the coveted Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation Award and the prestigious Cartier Women’s Initiative Award within the first year of launching. She was also featured in PAPER magazine’s 10th Annual “Beautiful People” Issue as one of the top emerging talents influencing the fashion field.

Since 2009, Angel has worked closely with fabric masters in the rural mountain villages of Guizhou Province, China where ethnic minority families have maintained 1000-year old ancient handweaving and all-natural processes. She learned how to live according to the cycles of nature, off-the-grid and without electricity, and produced a womenswear collection with a nearly zero carbon footprint. Atelier ANGEL CHANG aims to bring global appreciation for indigenous craftsmanship and to revive traditional fabric-making practices in need of urgent safeguarding.

In 2012, Angel became the first recipient of Pernod Ricard China’s Le Cercle Fund, an award for social responsibility to support the preservation of traditional craftsmanship in China.

Prior to starting her own company, Angel worked at Donna Karan Collection as Design Assistant for the womenswear team, where she specialized in fabric development and creative direction. She also trained in the design studios of Viktor & Rolf and Marc Jacobs.

Angel received an MA in Modern Art from Columbia University, and BA cum laude in Art History & Visual Arts from Barnard College.  She currently lives in Paris, France.

AWARDS

AWARDS

2012                Pernod Ricard China Le Cercle Fund Award                                                                                                                                                                         2007                Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation Award                                                                                                                                                                           2007                Cartier Women’s Initiative Award

PROJECTS

2008 – 2012    “Low-couture” T-shirt series collaboration with artist Maurizio Cattelan                                                                                                                       2009                 The Fashion Show TV show designer contestant (Bravo network)                                                                                                                                       2008                 Textile print collaboration with artist Olaf Breuning                                                                                                                                                             2007                 Textile print collaboration with artist Johannes Wohnseifer                                                                                                                                                 2005                 Co-founded and launched New York downtown quarterly Me Magazine

SELECTED BOOKS

  • Dream of Dimen by Pernod Ricard China and LIFE Magazine. (Shanghai: Pernod Ricard, 2013)
  • Metamorfosi / Metamorphosis by Elisabetta Cianfanelli and Stoffel Kuenen (Firenze: Polistampa, 2010)
  • Textile Futures: Fashion, Design and Technology by Bradley Quinn (London: Laurence King, 2010)
  • Textile Designers at the Cutting Edge by Bradley Quinn (London: Laurence King, 2009)
  • Fashionable Technology by Sabine Seymour (New York: Springer, 2008)
  • Water Cooler Diaries: Women Across American Share Their Day at Work by Joni B. Cole (Cambridge: Da Capo   Press, 2008)

SELECTED SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

  • E.G. Conference, 2014 (Monterey, CA USA)
  • Women’s Forum for Economy & Society – Global Meeting 2013 (Deauville, France)
  • The Museum at FIT, 2013 (New York, NY USA)
  • IntertechPira Smart & Intelligent Textiles Conference, 2010 (Prague, Czech Republic)
  • International Conference on Smart Textiles, 2008 (Copenhagen, Denmark)
  • Avantex Symposium for Innovative Apparel Textiles, 2007 (Frankfurt, Germany)
  • Wearable Futures Conference: Hybrid Culture in the Design & Development of Soft Technology, 2005 (University of Wales, UK)