Phaédo
Founded in 2014 by designer Zhuzhu, Phaédo is an emerging avant-garde Chinese design collective specializing in tailored deconstruction, fabric washing, dyeing, and silhouette crafting. Taking its name from the famed Platonic dialogue in which Socrates discusses the nature of the afterlife and Plato's notion of the forms, Phaédo's collections emulate these concepts by recreating Platonism into palpable garments. Truly, the pieces are a return to the core of the original shapes of classic womenswear but with a modern twist. This analytic review of haute couture shifts the perspective of "Made in China" products from a symbol of fast fashion, to an axiomatic equation with which upcoming designers will derive their inspirations from.