Inspired by Mia Fineman and Peter J. Cohen’s seminal collection of photographs of female engineers, smokers, beer drinkers and mechanics, Snapshots of Dangerous Women, PINGHE AW17 is about further disassembling the stereotypes that those photographers challenged decades ago.
The photographs were taken in the 1940s and 50s but their subversion of gender norms and the concept of what it means to be female still resonates, and has become a principal source of inspiration for Ping, who seeks to combine the underlying socio-political themes in her work with a sense of a narrative and high quality craftsmanship.
AW17 features heavily embroidered knits, split hem trousers and duvet-like outerwear in a palette of taupe, army green and off-white, all colours that hint at the functional clothing that appears in Snapshots of Dangerous Women. The collection, though, is not simply looking to lift utilitarian design and apply it to womenswear to make a universal statement on gendered fashion, rather that is one element in a collection that also embraces florals and flashes of femininity.
Read our interview with Ping and see all the looks from the brand’s AW17 presentation below. Follow PINGHE on Instagram here.