Chinese fashion designer Ma Defan opened an exhibition of her paintings on the first day of China Fashion Week at the 798 Art District in Beijing on October 25.
The exhibition centers around two key works, "Zero" and "One". These paintings blend calligraphy, ink, cloth and clothing together, and evolved from her practices as a couturier. They present her "meditations and thinking about the world in vertical and horizontal ways", according to organizers
Ma was born into a family of artists and learned calligraphy under the guidance of her father early on. The delicate script and cultivation of traditional Chinese culture provided her with continuous nourishment and inspiration for her future creations, she said.
After graduating from the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing, Ma became a costume designer for movies and TV shows. She designed clothing for the films "White Deer Plain" and "Under the Hawthorn Tree" and the publicity film for the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
In 2002, Ma established her design studio. In 2010, she created her own brand, "Fan", with whom she is currently working on projects for the China Film Group.
Her exhibition was designed and curated by the renowned art critic Fei Dawei, and runs till October 29.November 3, 2015