April Yap is a 23 year old emerging fashion designer who has just completed a Bachelor of Design in Fashion and Textiles (Hons.) at the University of Technology. In conjunction with the Bachelor of Design, April has also completed a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies during which she lived in Bordeaux, France for a year, situating her as a designer with an international perspective. Throughout her studies, she has interned for up and coming labels such as Serpent & the Swan and as a stylist assistant for luxury digital magazine, LAB-A4.
Entitled ‘Ctrl-C’, after the COPY function on computers, the collection is a personal exploration of identity through the phenomenon that is Chinatown. ‘Ctrl-C’ draws inspiration from the visual culture that exists in Chinatown and expresses this cultural mish mash through the idea of collage. The concept of collage is integral to ‘Ctrl-C’ and is manifested through print and carried through to deconstructed silhouettes and layers. It informs every stage of the designer’s unique and experimental practice, from design, textile development and placement, to pattern cutting which all come together in final garments.