Fashion|Shanghai Tang x Jacky Tsai Collaboration Collection”Garden Of Vibrant Dreams”


Our Good friends at Shanghai Tang have released a very inspirational collection by collaboratiing with visual artist Jacky Tsai. Their 20th anniversay art collaboration dubbed “Garden of Vibrant Dreams” is a collection of original works inspired by the beauty of nature. The short film above takes us on a mesmerizing journey through a series of six artworks by the talented Chinese artist Jacky Tsai. The video takes us on a continuous fall through captivating pop-art scenes that merge one into another to form a dreamlike world. The mystic spiral made of round artworks imitate a hypnotic fall where one enters a world within a world (mise-en-abime). Accompanied by original cinematic music that combines sounds of the East with a modern twist, it is a truly sensory experience that leaves the viewer with a sense of mystery.

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ABOUT ARTIST

Best known for his artistic creations bringing together the East and the West, Jacky Tsai was born in Shanghai in 1984 and moved to London after completing a BA at the China Academy of Art to study at Central St Martins. He quickly made an impact in the fashion world with his iconic floral skull image made for Alexander McQueen. Since graduating in 2008, Jacky has been fascinated with combining traditional Eastern craftsmanship and contemporary Western pop art aesthetic – a vision shared with Shanghai Tang in its pursuit of modern Chinese lifestyle and attitude. Tsai’s commitment to revitalising Chinese artistic traditions is seen in the works produced for this Shanghai Tang collaboration where he utilises the traditional techniques of lacquer carving, silk embroidery, and hand-painted porcelain. His recent works include an exquisite large blue and white porcelain egg for Faberge Big Egg Hunt in New York City, which was auctioned in Sotheby’s New York in April 2014.

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THE PROJECT

“A Garden of Vibrant Dreams” by Shanghai Tang Artwork by Chinese artist Jacky Tsai

The Jacky Tsai x Shanghai Tang collections are centered on six artworks; the Lotus Porcelain, Flying Tiger, Ginger Flower, Carved Dragon, Petrol Rainbow and Mix Landscape. In the video, these six artworks are smoothly blended together into one universe to form the garden of vibrant dreams. This magical dimension is filled with colorful energy, reflecting on the optimism of modern China. The first scene Floral Play, an awaking of nature, captures attention with the opening gates of leaves, followed by acrobats and ballerinas dancing on tree branches, among a kaleidoscope of butterflies, forming a surreal universe embracing the vitality of life. The sudden splash of ink introduces the world of peaceful Lotus Porcelain inspired by Chinese porcelain. The leaves float quietly on a mirror-like river, while acrobats play energetically underneath on the stems. These contrasting actions form an unexpected sense of harmony. As if on wings, we are taken up in the mountains where Chinese motifs of wiggly tree branches and birds grow into a Carved Dragon on a glowing red sunset. We then dive into the radiant sunlight that unexpectedly leads us to the vibrant vegetal universe, Ginger Flower universe. It takes us through a tunnel of birds, dragonflies, and koi fish to come together in a picturesque portrait. A compelling spiral of paint swiftly takes the viewer to a colorful valley of Petrol Rainbow set in the landscape of an iceberg with dolphins and gold fish ending the journey by entering a Flying Tiger pop-art like circus. Chinese acrobats and Western performers work together jumping and swinging up in the sky to celebrate the prosperous Chinese New Year on a festive background of Chinese lanterns and dancing lions. The Jacky Tsai x Shanghai Tang collaboration inspired a limited edition capsule collection of apparel and accessories for women and men. These include the traditional qipao dresses, box clutches, cashmere shawls, porcelain dining set, home products iPad and iPhone cases and even the skateboards.

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THE COLLABORATION – JACKY TSAI X SHANGHAI TANG

Starting off the festivities, Shanghai Tang collaborates with the contemporary artist Jacky Tsai to create a series of original artworks. Inspired by the vibrant beauty of nature, the six art pieces are filled with colourful energy and reflect the optimism of modern China in line with the core value of Shanghai Tang. Taking a fashionable twist, these artworks have also inspired a limited edition capsule collection ranging from luxurious qipao and box clutches to delicate tableware and cashmere shawls. The collection and the artworks are representations of Tsai’s vision to create a unique marriage between traditional Eastern craftsmanship with contemporary Western pop art, as well as Shanghai Tang’s spirit of redefining traditional Chinese luxury with a modern twist. Jacky Tsai x Shanghai Tang original artworks and the limited edition capsule collection debuted at the Shanghai Tang Mansion (1 Duddell Street) on 15th May at Shanghai Tang’s 20th Anniversary kick- off party in conjunction with Art Basel Hong Kong.

Petrol Rainbow

Floral Play : The first scene, an awaking of nature, captures attention with the opening gates of leaves, followed by acrobats and ballerinas dancing on tree branches, among a kaleidoscope of butterflies, forming a surreal universe embracing the vitality of life.

Floral Play

Floral Play Pattern

Mix Landscape Silk Square White

Mix Landscape Silk Square Black

Ginger Flower Shou Bangle Black

Lotus Porcelain : A sudden splash of ink introduces peaceful lotus flowers inspired by Chinese porcelain. The leaves float quietly on a mirror-like river, while acrobats play energetically underneath on the stems. These contrasting actions form an unexpected sense of harmony.

Lotus Play

Blue Lotus Table Centrepiece Blue

Blue Lotus Jar

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Blue Lotus Tea Pot Blue

Blue Lotus Tray Blue

Carved Dragon : Chinese motif makes a reference to the traditional Chinese painting. Animated they resemble wiggly tree branches leading to an idyllic red sunset.

Floral Dragon

Carved Dragon Cashmere Shawl Lime

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Carved ragon Candle with Lid Multi Color

Carved Dragon Humidor Multi Color

Carved Dragon Lacquer Box Multi Color

Petrol Rainbow : A compelling spiral of paint swiftly takes the viewer to a colorful valley set in the landscape of an iceberg with dolphins and gold fish.

Petrol Rainbow Canvas Bag BluePetrol Rainbow

Flying Tiger : Enter a pop-art like circus of Chinese acrobats and Western performers work together jumping and swinging up in the sky to celebrate the prosperous Chinese New Year on a festive background of Chinese lanterns and dancing lions.

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Flying Tiger Iphone Case Blue

Flying Toger Ipad Case Blue

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Ginger Flower : The signature scent of Shanghai Tang takes you through a tunnel of birds, dragonflies, and koi fish to come together in a picturesque portrait.

Ginger Flower

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