Mary Yu obtained both of her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the School of Design, Hong Kong Polytechnic University. She is one of the most celebrated young designers in Hong Kong. Her affection towards Chinese literature and cultures is the source of inspiration for her design. Yu has also received over 40 local and non-local awards, including ‘Ten Outstanding Young Persons Selection 2011’, ‘40 Under 40’ by Perspective Magazine, ‘Best Creativity Award’ by China International Student Fashion Design Competition, and ‘Outstanding Poly U Alumni Award 2021’.
Yu owns her own clothing brand Mary Yu Couture which specializes in designing contemporary cheongsams. She has collaborated with different institutions and corporations, including the Hong Kong Cricket Team, the Outstanding Young Person’s Association, Hong Kong China Resources, Hong Kong Wing Wah, Watson’s Water, and the Hong Kong Ophthalmological Society 60th Anniversary.
Mary Yu is also passionate about education. She has been a part-time lecturer at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong Baptist University, and numerous local design institutes. She hopes to inspire the young generation to engage in the design industry.
My inspiration comes from a romantic yearning for flying that is deeply associated with traditional Chinese culture. The idea of flying evokes a kind of weightless and mysterious beauty that designers appreciate. I hope to integrate this feeling into the design of cheongsam, highlighting the romance of flying.
The innovative aspect of this design is in the fabric itself. The pattern on the fabric is hand-painted by the designer imitating flying ribbons, and then printed into fine cloth to make the clothes. The colour is rich, gorgeous and unique. We add flounces to the cuffs of the cheongsam. The lines of the waves accentuate the elegance of women’s bodies and evoke the ebullience of flying.