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專訪 C JEAN 簡君嫄 | 追尋永續設計根本 The Search for Sustainability

TRANSLATION | Eugenia Yang

從自然中來,回自然中去,做自己品牌的語言,展示的不僅僅是設計者的表達,也是新時代語境下獨立品牌賦予國民審美的引領價值,什麼樣的設計不是過度消費,不是短命垃圾?探究設計本身形式與功能,永續設計正成為全球熱議的話題。

Nature is where everything begins, and where everything departs from. When you become the language of your own brand, it not only becomes the designer’s expression, but also establishes the aesthetics and leading values of an independent designer brand in the wake of this new era. What is not considered as excessive consumption? Or a fleeting waste? Through the exploration of a design’s form and function, sustainable design is now becoming a trending, global discussion.

C JEAN簡君嫄設計師。
Founding designer of C JEAN, Chun-Yuan Jean.

自然思維

剔除掉多餘的裝飾,只透過線條與剪裁說話,用高級的布料材質去包覆,簡約看似簡單,但卻必須有一種有容乃大的特質,結合傳統工藝技術也能接納其他永續材質物件相互襯托,布料上運用再生羊毛纖維去開發,在簡君嫄眼中,時尚是永續的。研究生畢業於倫敦藝術大學主修時裝設計與科技的她,大學時期曾在台灣輔仁大學織品服裝學系就讀,國外講求設計思考,而台灣更注重實際操作,她認為美學思辨與設計功底都不可或缺。或許是從小在藝術環境下成長,爸爸從事室內設計,弟弟是插畫家,造就了她色彩的敏感性與獨到的美學鑑賞。

2021春夏服裝系列,以「星夜」為題。
The SS21 collection, inspired by Starry Starry Night.

創作時光

設計來自於生活,平時的簡君嫄喜歡關注女性與社會議題,透過服裝的褶合表現女性的傷口,或者是運用帽沿設計與布料的剪裁,表現人物內心的創傷,學習透過服裝作為一個創作溝通媒介。除了創作,熱愛親近大自然,閒暇之餘喜歡從事露營、爬山等野外活動;也喜歡透過欣賞紀錄片,從電影道出一個人的生命故事,她說《乘著光影旅行》這一部紀錄片讓她印象深刻,情節中敘述著國際知名攝影師李屏賓的人生掙扎,觸及內心柔軟成為她創作時的靈感元素。還記得2021SS 她新作發表—「Starry Starry Night」,每一個人都有夢想,探索城市微光,找回內心遺失的自我,當創作遇到瓶頸,透過獨自一人整理收納工作室轉換內心浮躁的情緒。

永續共生

向夢想有信心地走,活出所想的人生,延續著永續設計的核心價值,是簡君嫄一直堅持的。她的想法很純粹,C JEAN中文音譯「希望」與「簡單」,或許永續時尚不僅僅只是去改變時尚面料和產品,它與整個時尚系統裡的一切相關,解讀女性的獨立、勇氣與堅韌。訪談中她反覆強調,「消費者願意花錢購買商品,那就是一種肯定。」探討台灣的人文環境如何影響設計師創意理念,商品需要有故事的脈絡,否則將會缺少了靈魂,在消費主義下設計在狂歡,永續讓人保持清醒,詮釋女性的優雅與曼妙,秉持著最初的夢想,下一季度依然延續著「大自然」為主題。

📍 C JEAN showroom

地址:10491台北市中山區民生東路二段95號3樓

電話: 02 2521 9151

A Natural Thinking

Abandoning the excessive embellishments, and only speaking through clean lines and tailoring. Choosing to only use high quality fabrics, minimalism seems simple, and yet it requires a tolerating generosity. Combining traditional craftsmanship and accepting an array of sustainable materials and elements, Chun-Yuan Jean starts from the development of regenerated wool fibers, because to her, fashion is sustainable. Not only a graduate of University of the Arts London with a master’s degree in fashion design and technology, but she also finished her college degree at Fu Jen Catholic University where she studied textiles and clothing. Chun-Yuan realized when studying abroad, it’s all about the concept behind the design, while here in Taiwan, it’s more about practicality and actual operation. She believes critical thinking and one’s design skills are both necessities. Perhaps because she had grew up in an environment imbued with art—her father being an interior designer, her younger brother, an illustrator—she developed a sensitivity towards colors and an exceptional taste in aesthetics and art. 

Times Spent Creating 

Design is often inspired by everyday life. Always paying attention to women and social issues, Chun-Yuan expresses the feminine wounds through the folds and seams of her clothing and the individual’s trauma through special brim design and tailoring—she successfully transforms garments and fabrics into an art communication medium. Besides creating, she also enjoys spending time in nature, such as camping, hiking, and other outdoor activities, and watching documentaries to understand the life story of the protagonist. To Chun-Yuan, one of the documentaries that left a strong impression was “Let The Wind Carry Me,” which narrates one of Asia’s greatest cinematographers, Mark Lee Ping-Bing’s struggles and hardships in life. The film touched her heart and became her muse when it comes to creating. Recalling Chun-Yuan’s SS21 new collection, “Starry Starry Night” tells the tale of chasing one’s dream and exploring amidst the city lights to find our true self—just like how she tidies her studio whenever she encounters an art block, to let the peace and tranquility quiet her tumultuous mind.

An Enduring Sustainability

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams, live the life you’ve imagined, and create only sustainable designs—these are the core values Chun-Yuan believes in. Her brand concept is simple: C JEAN is pronounced as “Xi-Jian” in Chinese, meaning “hope” and “simplicity.” Perhaps sustainable fashion is not merely about changing the materials and product, it is more about the relationship with the entire fashion system and about understanding the independence, courage, and resilience of women. During our interview, Chun-Yuan reiterates, “As long as my customers are willing to purchase my products, that is a recognition.” Exploring the way Taiwan’s environment and culture can influence a designer’s creative thinking, we realize that products need a story, or else they lose their soul and meaning. While clothing design indulges in consumerism, sustainability is what keeps people sane. Portraying the elegance and beauty of women, but still holding on to her original dreams and aspirations, Chun-Yuan strives to continue to place “nature” as the central theme for her next collection, and the many more to come. 

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