Fashion in Motion: Ma Ke

Fashion in Motion is a series of live fashion shows at the V&A featuring leading fashion designers from across the world.

Ma Ke is one of the most prolific fashion designers working in China today. She graduated from the Suzhou Institute of Silk Textile Technology in 1992 and four years later set up her own label Exception de Mixmind.

Ma Ke's interest in the crossover between contemporary art and fashion led her to establish the artistic brand Wuyong (Useless) in 2006. Wuyong is an examination of the concept of 'uselessness' and how this interpretation varies when seen from different points of view. In February 2007, Wuyong was presented at Paris Fashion Week for the first time and the innovative concept attracted much attention within both art and fashion circles.

Ma Ke takes a discarded item such as an old paint-covered sheet, and transforms it into a dress, the cracked paint creating a beautiful pattern on the garment, while an old tarpaulin is constructed into a coat of magnificent volume. For Ma Ke this focus on personal interpretation and transformation is a way of highlighting the importance of the individual and the inestimable value of life.

Catwalk highlights

Fashion in Motion: Ma Ke Wuyong, 2008. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Behind the scenes

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Background image: Fashion in Motion: Ma Ke Wuyong, 2008. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London