Here’s a tale of how a 17 year-old girl from Nigeria turned her art blog into an internationally recognized fashion label in the blink of an eye. Seven years ago, young Dumebi Iyamah moved to Canada, where she started blogging about art, painting and photography.  She is skilled in these three areas and enjoyed writing about them. Eventually, her friends and family suggested adding another topic to her blog: Sewing.

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The fusion of androgyny and minimalism is not an uncommon trend in high fashion but no designers create the soft blend of masculinity and femininity like Singapore-born designer Max Tan Shu Lin. The self-identified “garment engineer” is known for his eponymous womenswear label MAX.TAN which features the edgy yet elegant designs ideals of transformation and deconstruction. Many high fashion designers make the common mistake of simply assuming that androgynous fashion is either tomboy-ish or effeminate. But Max Tan displays androgynous fashion as epicene or fashion that involves characteristics taken from both male and female fashion trends. MAX.TAN, according to its website is, “Serious but never severe, minimal but never simple, fragile but never weak.” His clean-cut designs have graced many runways and sheathed the bodies of top super models. MAX.TAN is for the chic and polished lady with a peculiar twist.

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Brazil is certainly a beautiful location.Crystal blue waters, a radiating sunset and an intense love for soccer is what popular culture tends to focus on when it comes to Brazil. Interestingly enough, Brazil also offers a very hip fashion scene. Take fashion designer and Sao Paulo native, Pedro Lourenço, for example. Even though he is just 24 years old, he already has demonstrated his work at Fashion Week and has collaborated with respected brands such as Nike, as well as Mac Cosmetics, who described him as having a “couture-like sensibility and meticulous attention to detail.”

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Many fashion labels are not able to achieve the duality of streetwear and luxury wear quite like UK based fashion label Superdry. Superdry can be spotted on an ordinary English teenaged festival-goer or an A-list celebrity. The label’s amazingness is due to it’s affordability and accessibility to the general public while supplying high quality clothing.

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Many of us fail to realize that fashion is not just about looking cute – it’s a serious art form. From the sketchbook to the sewing machine, the process of creating a clothing line requires great artistry. Looking a bit closer, one begins to see the intense creative process that is required of a designer. For Hong Kong’s up and coming designer Cynthia Mak, her interest in fashion design was not rooted in a love of clothing, but rather, the visual arts.