The Chinese cars are already here and now buckle up – Chinese designer apparel is on its way. The dirty little secret of the luxury goods industry is that while the designers may be “Western,” the products are increasingly being manufactured or at least partly assembled in China.
So can the Chinese design clothes too?
Why not? While many designers will disagree, the reality is that like anything else, fashion design is something that you learn. There is an artistic component to it but it is largely a science (and we also have instances of designers who have neither art nor science but are still designers – Paris Hilton, Posh Spice, Shilpa Shetty, Britney Spears, etc.). I have no doubt that the Chinese (or for that matter any other people in the world) can do it as well as any one else in a short period of time. The #1 challenge will be branding and marketing. It is not easy to create the romance of Chanel or Prada or Dolce & Gabbana overnight. And oh, by the way, if you are a model looking for work, buy a one way ticket to Shanghai.