|Category:Footwear design
|Material:Rubber and other ready-mades
|Technique:3D-print sole and handcrafted upper
|City, Country:Taipei, Taiwan

Hsiang-Lin Kuo_SUSFUTURE2024 國際永續時尚設計展

/Artist 藝術家/

Hsiang-Lin is a Taiwanese wearables designer, knit programmer, and artist currently based in the Netherlands. Her creative pursuits center around contemporary fashion narratives, wearable technology, and the exploration of embodied social dynamics.

Since 2014, Kuo’s works have been featured in exhibitions across global cultural hubs such as Amsterdam, Milan, Cairo, Tokyo, and Taipei. In 2018, her project, "This Is Escapism At Its Best (2018)," received recognition with the Craftsmanship Award at the Tokyo Young Designer’s Grand Prix during Amazon Fashion Week.

In 2023, Kuo earned her master's degree from the Contextual Design program at the Design Academy Eindhoven in the Netherlands.




Perspectives on Tradition and Future, Sustainability and Fashion, and Life.

Sustainability is seemingly stamped onto everything these days with companies interpreting it to their advantage. Within the fashion industry, it not only means striving for carbon neutral production, but social, ecological and animal welfare justice and many more. That’s why it’s important for me to dig a bit deeper—usually in the method of field work and using a garment’s artistic potentials— than what the “sustainability” clothing tag refer to, in order to find out about the ethical strings attached to the designs.


Hsiang-Lin Kuo_SUSFUTURE2024 國際永續時尚設計展

The Concept and Description of the Work

The speculative footwear collection takes inspiration from mountain gear advertisements, which typically depict hikers in stunning mountain settings, embracing nature while clad in advanced technical gear adorned. With slogans such as "you can conquer any terrain" or "boost your confidence in reaching the summit”, it sends out messages to “conquer” nature than respecting it.  

The 3d-printed sole resembles the topographical map of mt. Nan-hu, one of Taiwan's most popular hiking destinations. However, it's ironic because although the wearer might seem to conquer the peak, the reality is that they can barely stand on it, as the peaks break as soon as they touch the ground.