About Angel Chang
American womenswear designer Angel Chang began her career designing for Donna Karan Collection in New York and Chloé (See by Chloé) in Paris.
Her first eponymous label (2006 – 2008) incorporated smart textiles into hi-tech garments and received several accolades including the Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation Award and the Cartier Women’s Initiative Award. 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.
Disillusioned by technology’s unfulfilled promise for innovative textiles, she sought to understand the future of clothing better by studying the ancient past.
In 2011, American womenswear designer Angel Chang moved from New York City to a remote mountain village in Guizhou Province, rural China, to learn the traditional fabric-making techniques still practiced there by the ethnic minority elders.
Following in the footsteps of her ancestors going back 14 generations, Angel rediscovered her ancestral roots and the plant dyes used in traditional Chinese medicine. She opened an atelier within the Dimen Dong Ethnic Eco-Museum and became the first recipient of Pernod Ricard China's Le Cercle Fund award for social responsibility.
In 2017, Village Embassy was launched as a wholesale textile line to revive traditional fabric-making practices in need of urgent safeguarding. It was the first Chinese atelier selected for Première Vision's Maison d'Exceptions, and the traditional fabrics of the Miao, Dong, and Buyi tribes became commercially available to the international fashion industry for the first time in history.
That same year, with a grant from the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center, Angel started a training program to create highly-crafted prototypes that would develop into her current collection.
As a TED Resident and Smithsonian Artist, Angel speaks to global audiences about fashion, sustainability, and indigenous knowledge. As a NEST Professional Fellow and Member of the Artisan Alliance, she provides design expertise to artisan groups around the world
Angel has been featured in American publications The New York Times, VOGUE, ELLE, W, Women’s Wear Daily, PAPER, and foreign publications VOGUE China, L’Officiel, Jalouse, Madame Figaro, Die Welt, South China Morning Post. Her work has been collected by The Museum at FIT and the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center.
She received an MA in Modern Art from Columbia University, and BA cum laude in Art History & Visual Arts from Barnard College in New York City.