Having launched her namesake label in 2008, Chinese fashion designer Masha Ma garnered instant attention for her chic, futuristic aesthetic. Based between Shanghai and Paris, the emerging designer presents her collections during Paris Fashion Week and several of her presentations have been bought out by boutiques such as Spiga 2, a Milanese-based boutique project store founded by Dolce & Gabbana, and Harvey Nichols in Hong Kong.
Selected as Vogue China’s and Yoox.com’s Talent Corner recipient in 2012, Ma showcased a selection of 28 looks through the prominent e-commerce site with the support of Vogue. Ma was also chosen to take part in the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund China Exchange programme, receiving a two-week induction into the workings of the American fashion industry.
Ma obtained an MA in womenswear from London Central Saint Martins in 2008, interning for designers such as Veronique Branquinho and Alexander McQueen before graduating. While still in school, Ma’s graduate collection was selected to showcase at Vauxhall Fashion Scout during London Fashion Week and was later purchased by B store, a fashion retail store founded by José Neves.
Ma has been a finalist in multiple competitions that include the Lancôme Colour Designs Award 2006, the Chloé design competition, the Puma CSM Bursary Award and Fashion Fringe in 2009. In September 2009, she participated in the 2009 CCDC China Contemporary Design Contest and won the ‘Mouse Ji Best International Innovation Award’.