Chinese fashion designer Ma Ke needs no introduction. With so many honors to her name, such as the 2010 Young Global Leader and the 2007 Best Asian Fashion Designer by the Elle Magazine, she recently became the first Chinese fashion designer to display her collection in the Parisian world of haute couture at the Chambre de Syndicale. Ma Ke’s designs essentially focus on the basic tenets of eco fashion like use of sustainable materials, discarded stuff and skilled craftsmanship. Accordingly, her fashion apparels go beyond their ornamental functions and enter the realms of social, ecological values.
Her conceptually creative designs take their inspiration from China’s rich history. She relies on natural fibers such as cotton, linen and silk to create organic, simple casual wear. With a definite focus on recyclability and reuse of discarded stuff, her designs are more practical than those gaudy apparels conceived by luxury fashion designers. So, quite deservedly, her works have found a respectable place in various galleries and exhibitions around the world.