Rui XU (b.1976) is a Chinese fashion designer, painter and artist. She obtained her MA degree in Fashion at the China Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA), and now lectures at the same university as Associate Professor. She was the director at the Fashion Department at CAFA during the period from 2012 to 2013. From 2014 to 2015, she furthered her research at the project ‘Post-Experienced Programme’ in fashion Department at the Royal College of Art in London. As a pioneer in the field of contemporary fashion art, she not only carries forward eastern aesthetics and Chinese Taoist philosophy in her designs, but also injects innovative creation into traditional production processes by exploring fabric-making techniques. Her collaboration with Dr. Kinor Jiang, a textile specialist and artist at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, resulted in the successful application of metal plating onto delicate natural textiles.
XU’s fashion-art treatise, Xiang Wang Yi, won the Red Dot Design Award in Germany and the Gold Award at the Design of Asia Awards in 2013. Her fashion design works have been widely exhibited in various design and art institutions or museums across the world, including the School of Art and Design at the Aalto University in Finland, the Davis College Design Museum at the University of California in USA, the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom and the FITE at the Musée Bargoin in France, etc. Her experimental fashion performance ‘Chant of Breath’ was showed at Saatchi Gallery in 2015 London. She held her solo exhibitions From Xuan To Blindness at the Royal College of Art, UK in 2015 and To See The Invisible at the University of Michigan, USA in 2012. Her works Si Liang Shi (250g) series is part of the permanent collection at the China Silk Museum.
XU’s professional experience includes: being appointed as the chief costume designer for the 60th Miss World Final in 2010; working as the Chief Costume Designer for the China Pavilion in the Shanghai Expo, 2010; acting as the Culture Director of ‘the Rhyme of Chu Culture’ during the Beijing Olympics, 2008; being invited as an international judge for ‘the Youth Fashion Designer Competition 2008’ in South Korea; and working as a Culture Director or designer for many fashion brands.
She is a member of the Academic Committee of the Chinese Fashion Designer Association. As well as being a designer, XU is also a Chinese painter and calligrapher; she frequently collaborates with -and draws inspiration from- artists from other fields.
AWARDS & EXHIBITIONS
Experimental performance ‘Chant of Breath—-Rui XU’s Fashion Experience with Guest Artists’ for ‘Chinese New Art’ exhibition, the Saatchi Gallery, London;
Fashion recycling design works ‘Connected By A Thread’ collaborated with Dr. Susan Taber Avila (the director of design department at Davis College, the University of California), the ‘Elsewhere’ exhibition the Royal College of Art, London;
S o l o e x h i b i t i o n s ‘From Xuan To Blindness—-Rui XU’s Fashion Experience’, Upper Gulbenkian Gallery, the Royal College of Art, London.
Fashion recycling design works ‘Connected By A Thread’, the Critical Costume Conference at Heisinki, Finland.
Fashion-art study book Xiang Wang Yi, Gold Award of the Design of Asia Awards (DFAA);
Fashion-art study book Xiang Wang Yi, Red Dot Winners exhibition, the Umspannwerk Alexanderplatz, Berlin, Germany;
Xu and her cooperator’s exhibition ‘Connected by a Thread’, the Design Museum in Davis College, the University of California, USA;
Solo exhibition ‘To See the Invisible’, the University of Michigan, USA. Her lecture, fashion show and seminar were highly popular in the Ann Arbor Area, USA;
Series of works ‘Fish Fossil’, the Jim Thompson Art Center, Bangkok, Thailand;
Series of works, the Hue Traditional Craft Festival;
The ‘Quintessence of Vietnam’s Crafts’ by the mayor of Hue, Vietnam;
Fashion-art study book Xiang Wang Yi, the Most Beautiful Books of China Award.
Fashion-art study book Xiang Wang Yi, a candidate to compete in the World’s Most Beautiful Books in Leipziger Buchmesse 2013 representing China;
Series of works ‘Fish Fossil’, the Ferrand Museum Festival International Des Textile Extra Ordinares ‘Artech Fashion’ Exhibition and Symposium Lyon, France;
Collaborated works ‘Si Liang Shi’, acquired as the permanent collection, the China Silk Museum, Hangzhou, China;
Fashion-art study book Xiang Wang Yi, selected for the Asia-Pacific Design Annual No.8;
Cooperated works ‘Soft Fluttering’, which featured in Yoshiko Iwamoto Wada’s article ‘Shibori as an Art Form’, Textile Asia, January 2012, Volume 3, Issue 3;
Cooperated with Kinor Jiang on the work ‘Fossil fluttering’, which was presented at the ‘8th International Shibori Symposium’ in Hong Kong.
Fashion-art study book Xiang Wang Yi, won the Book Design Outstanding Work of the Tokyo Type Directors Club Annual Awards, Japan;
Series of works, ‘Air, wander’, performed at the ‘Session of Sino-Italian Culture Communication’, Shanghai, China.
Collaborated on a series of works ‘Time Goes By’, ‘Sound of Ink’,‘ Light and Shadow’, the ‘Art of Fashion-Experimental Textiles’ exhibition, the Davis Design Museum, the U n i v e r s i t y o f California, USA;
Collaborated works ‘Passage of Time’, the exhibition ’Wearable Art’ at the Avenir Museum, Colorado State University, USA;
Works ‘Shape of Clothes’, the exhibition ‘2010 New Concept Fiber’ in the Fashion Gallery at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University;
‘Soft Sinking’, the exhibition ‘Metallic Sound – Junichi Arai & Kinor Jiang’ at the Nottingham Trent University, UK.
Awarded the Silver Award at the 11th National Fine Arts Exhibition, and the Creation Award in the First China Awards of Fine Arts.
Works ‘PILOT’ was included in ‘From Where——Fashion Art 2008 International Exhibition’ in Beijing, China;
Fashion-art study book Xiang Wang Yi was included in ‘2008 Beijing Olympic Design Exhibition’.
Fashion works ‘Xiang Wang Yi No.2’ was included in the second China International Cultural & Creative Industry Expo in Beijing, China.
Won ‘The Special Award’ with her series of works ‘blooming’ in the 1st Parkson National Young Fashion Designers Competition, Beijing, China;
Made to the final round of the first International Fur Fashion Competition held by the North American Fur Association (NAFA);
Won ‘The Best Technique & Workmanship Award’ and ‘The Best Illustration Award’ together with ‘The Silver Medal’ of the ‘14th Hempel International Young Fashion Designers Competition’ in Beijing (a top level competition in China). She was the contestant who gained the most awards in the history of this competition from 1993;
Worked as designer at the ‘Spring/Summer Fashion Show collection 2007’ and the ‘Autumn/Winter Fashion Show collection 2007’ for the Haute Couture Brand SS.
Won ‘The Silver Award’, ‘The Best Technique & Workmanship Award’ of the ‘13th Hempel International Young Fashion Designers Competition’ in Beijing.
Obtained ‘Excellent Award’ of the ‘First National Calligraphy Theme Fashion Competition’ in China.
January 2012, her paper ‘The Clothing Features In Chu Civilization’ was presented at the ‘8th International Shibori Symposium’ Hong Kong;
January 2011, her paper ‘Symbolism and the Evolution of Ku-form in Chinese Costume’ was published in the ‘Research Journal of Textile and Apparel’ by the Hong Kong Polytechnic University and was elected the Annual Best Paper of the Journal;
December 2009, her book Xiang Wang Yi was published by Shandong Fine Arts Publishing House, China.;
April 2009, her paper ‘Reconstructed Relation Between trousers and skirts’ was published in the Journal ‘Fashion China’ by the Chinese Fashion Designer Association;
December 2008, her paper ‘Spirit and Material of Era’ was published in the Journal ‘Fashion China’ by the Chinese Fashion Designer Association;
October 2008, her paper ‘The Clothing Features during Chu Civilization’ was published in the conference papers of the ‘International Costume Conference Globalization Future of South Korean Costume’ in Seoul;
October 2007, her paper ‘Games and Rules: A Research on the Formation and Development of the Rules of Western Men’s wear’ was published in the conference paper of the ‘International Costume Conference Globalization & Future of Korean Costume’ in Seoul.