Chin Hau Tay
I was born in Malaysia in 1991 and I moved to Australia in 2006 to complete high school. I always dreamed of developing my own designs and concepts, even when I was a child in Malaysia and I made my own toys. Upon completing my high school in Australia I decided to pursue my dreams and complete a degree of Fashion Design in RMIT.
The Bewear Bear! collection aims to push the boundaries of menswear by using the form and naivety of the teddy bear integrated into the gravity and masculinity of traditional menswear. This concept is inspired by my childhood, when I made my own toys. The integration of the teddy bears shape and parts into the silhouette of classical menswear produced a challenging approach to cutting and 3D exploration. The entire collection is a mixture of different reds and maroons. The colour palette brings out an element of excitement, which compliments my creative direction. The inherent sense of humour within the concept helped produce teddy bear tailored menswear - fun and friendly fashion. The Bewear Bear! collection encourages men not to take themselves too seriously. A tailored jacket need not only be about fit and tradition. It can put a big smile on your face. Making people smile is what motivates me; I want my garments to project a happy and friendly image, with that same characteristic of humour. I believe that a good sense of humour is vital in a world that’s sometimes too stressed.