An Inspiration: Wooyoungmi SS17

PORT speaks to Katie Chung ahead of her SS17 show in Paris, who reveals what Virgina Woolf’s novel inspired her work

'Orlando', by Sally Potter (2010)
Still from ‘Orlando’, by Sally Potter (2010)

“I discovered Orlando: A Biography, by Virginia Woolf, as a teenager. The idea of gender being insignificant really captured me… Woolf was inspired by her close friend and sometime lover Vita Sackville-West. It didn’t matter to her if Vita was female or male; she was captivated by her intelligence and her presence, and she became a somewhat perfect being in her eyes.

“The beauty of the filmography of Sally Potter’s film adaptation touched me as much as the story itself, and Tilda Swinton is breathtaking in her effortless transformation between a male and female Orlando. As a creative I like to explore this blurred line between masculine & feminine, luxe & functional, graphic & romantic.”