VoltCafé features the strictly minimal and softly sculptured designer Tze Goh.
We speak about fashion today; minimalism, trends and travelling.
Volt Café: Who is Tze Goh; tell us a little about yourself.
Tze Goh: I was born and raised in Singapore, and became interested in fashion when I started to illustrate images I saw in magazines.
VC: You studied in Paris, New York and London. What experience have you gained from these very different cities?
TG: New York – There is this sense of energy in the city, of people working hard and getting on with their lives. I think that this comes through in the urban designs of my garments.
London – The MA course at Central St. Martins really pushed my creative envelope by making me focus on designs that I like – which tend to be pure and sculptural.
Paris – The city really brings out a feeling of sobriety in the face of all the glamour. I guess you can say that I really understood what black and neutrals like grey really meant in this city.
VC: You decided to base your brand in London. Is this where you feel most at home?
TG: I came to London to an MA at Central St. Martins, and now it does feel like home, as my friends are all here.
VC: How has your way of looking at design and fashion been affected by your traveling?
TG: My traveling and education in different cities has forced me to realize my own clean and sharp aesthetics, as I found myself invariably looking at modern architecture and sculptured products despite which city I’m in.
VC: What is your goal as a designer, how do you wish to develop you brand in the future?
TG: My goal is to continue to develop good products and looks for women. I definitely have the ambition of someone like Calvin Klein, but it will have to be done on my own terms.
VC: You are quite a minimalist, with a forward thinking approach to fashion.
How is your relationship to trends and ‘fast fashion’?
TG: I am aware of the trends in fashion, but I don’t necessarily design according to them. I design for women who would like to look sophisticated, and I try to produce garments that would fit into their lives.
VC: Do you consider Minimalism to be a trend?
TG: Yes and No. It is currently a trend, but sharp and elegant dressing makes people look good, so even when the magazines say that it’s not a trend anymore, there would still be people wanting to look like that, and look good they will.
VC: Does fashion have a deeper meaning then getting dressed?
TG: Possibly, but I don’t think one should over-intellectualize it.
VC: Fashion sometimes seems to be in a constant loop of repetition.
How do you think fashion will develop in the future?
TG: I think that with the globalization of the world market place, there still remains diversification of demands in different regions of the world, as reported in the latest FT Weekend. Thus, there would be consumers who will demand fashion, which makes references to the past, and those who would demand something completely new. Fashion would develop in that way.
VC: And last; what can we expect from Tze Goh’s future collection SS/12?
TG: We are developing tailoring that is more aerodynamic, meaning that it will be sculptured but soft, with a sense of streamlined volume.
Photographer | Ross Shields
Styling | Cynthia Lawrence-John
Make-up | Harsha Chavda
Hair | Marcia Lee
Model | Sophia Brown
Styling Assistant | Natasha Mann
Words | Emelie Hultqvist
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