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21st January 2011, Hong Kong

PolyU talent presents Knitwear Symphony 2011

PolyU Knitwear SymphonyDr Judyanna Ng, Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Textiles and Clothing (ITC), Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU), exhibited her innovative designs in what the university called an extraordinary and glamorous knitwear fashion show in Hong Kong. ‘Knitwear Symphony 2011’ was staged yesterday at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Organized by the Knitwear Innovation and Design Society, the event aimed to showcase Hong Kong designers' talents and capabilities and to reinforce the city's position as the world's leading knitwear sourcing centre. It featured the latest knitwear collections of Dr Judyanna Ng and four other renowned local designers, including Mr Walter Ma, Ms Florence Tang, Ms Dora Chu and Mr Baldwin Pui.

Dr Ng's new knitwear collection is said to be a good blend of intuitive and sophisticated technology. The theme is based on the personal feeling of the designer from the 1980s. The asymmetric draping pieces from the Japanese designers of the time are expressed by the knitting of pieces from the latest, innovative whole garment technology from Shima Seiki. Shima’s SWG-X computerised flat knitting machine aims to produce beautifully-shaped, high-quality products which conform perfectly to the body, improving comfort and offering an elegant silhouette.

Also knitted by the latest Shima Seiki MACH2SIG intarsia knitting machine, are next to skin pieces knitted in 3-D stripes intarsia patterns in blended extra fine merino wool/ viscose rayon, highlighted with metalized filament yarns. This creates transparencies and openwork layers to reveal the beauty of body and the glamorous look of the decade, while 3-D chunky outer coats and capes with weightless, soft and fluffy mohair or boucle yarn are worn on top to complete the winter look.

Colours are rich and retro-inspired. The main colours contain a range of brown from dark brown to cool-coffee brown, along with the mauves tones of ash rose, sludgy lilac brown, warm with port mid-tones. A green cast like peacock green and the unusual pale oriental stone are used to highlight the collection, while the antique lurex yarn provides a subtle metallic sheen to individual pieces.

Dr Ng's research and design interest is in the relationship between fashion and social/cultural context, fashion and knitwear design, as well as embroidery and accessories design. She obtained her Master’s degree in Fashion from Domus Academy in Milan and PhD from PolyU in 2004. Dr Ng has been invited to present her collection in the Knitwear Symphony for two consecutive years since 2009. In 2010, her collection was showcased in the 16th SpinExpo Shanghai and Second SpinExpo New York. Dr Ng is currently the coordinator of the new specialism in Knitwear Design with Technology under PolyU’s Bachelor degree programme in Fashion and Textiles.

More than 1200 local and overseas fashion experts and representatives from the industry were drawn to the event.

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