“Inspired by the movement of Hong Kong’s harbor winds, Vanessa Tao strives to capture the feeling of life and energy in light and effortless garments.
Her designs are rich in thoughtful details: she chooses each color of her collections like picking ripe fruits from a tree and draws all the shapes like a conductor guides the orchestra.
Combining vintage shapes with contemporary fabrics and bespoke prints, each collection turns into a living moment of the new century. Every garment makes every woman feel alive, young, fresh and confident in their body movement.”
Vanessa Tao’s passion for aesthetics started during her childhood when she spent time with her grandmother who was a qipao maker (traditional women Chinese dresses).
Raised by a mathematics-orientated family, Vanessa engaged to every project she involved and she quickly realized in her teenage years the desire to make fashion her path. Upon graduating from London College of Fashion with Bachelors in Fashion in 2007, she actively involved with different collaborations such as Peter Jensen X Tim Walker X Dover Street Market and Peter Jensen for Weekday. With a strong attachment to her roots and her upbringing, Vanessa decided to return back to Hong Kong to make her official stamp as an individual designer. In 2011, Vanessa collaborated with Hong Kong brand ‘Daydream Nation’ and consulted on footwear range development for international brands. She proudly unveiled her eponymous line ‘Vanessa Tao’ in 2013.
A dreamer with a big heart, Vanessa Tao imagines the world of fashion with a colorful eye and visualizes each garment as a timeless piece. Thanks to her training at Vivienne Westwood and her years of dedication at Peter Jensen, she designs not only outfits for women to wear but for women who want to get a piece of modern heritage.