Angel Chen is a Chinese designer whose colourful approach to fashion and fusion of Eastern and Western aesthetics has made her one of the country’s brightest young talents.
A graduate of Central Saint Martins, Chen moved from her native Shenzhen to study in London at the age of 17. During her placement year, the designer interned for Marchesa, Vera Wang and Alexander Wang in New York. Following her graduate collection, Chen was chosen by i-D as one of five designers-to-watch, going on to launch her eponymous label the following year.
Stocked internationally at 30 retailers including Selfridges, Lane Crawford, Luisa Via Roma, H. Lorenzo and Dong Liang, Chen is part of a new wave of young Chinese designers making an impact locally and globally. In 2017, Chen’s window display in London’s Urban Outfitters Oxford Street store was a first-of-its-kind collaboration between a Chinese designer and the high street retailer. She was also the first Chinese designer to collaborate with H&M, producing a 45-piece capsule collection for release in September 2019.
Making the 2016 Forbes China “30 Under 30” shortlist, Chen has a growing international fanbase, having shown at London, Milan and Shanghai Fashion Weeks.
As a part of the 2017 International Designer Exchange Programme, Mercedes-Benz invited Chen to present her Autumn/Winter 2017 collection at Milan Fashion Week. Previously, she showed at London Fashion Week with Fashion Scout, before basing herself in Shanghai.