Liang Mingyu, schooled in Bayu (Chongqing) and refined in France, is known as “West Liang” among the four great masters of Chinese fashion – “South Zhang, North Wang, East Wu, and West Liang”. She is a distinguished Chinese fashion designer and artist, senior fashion designer, director of the China Fashion Association, chairperson of the Chongqing Fashion Designers Association, president of the Chongqing Women’s Culture Promotion Association, professor at the Textile and Clothing College of Southwest University, visiting professor at the London College of Fashion, standing director of the International Fashion Art Alliance. Liang Mingyu is an inheritor of traditional sewing techniques, a recognized intangible cultural heritage. She received the “Fashion Art Lifetime Achievement Award” at Fashion Beijing. She has authored “Shang” and “Creative Fashion Design Studies” and founded women’s fashion brands “Paper Kite” and “Fei Shang”.
In 1980, she was admitted to the Fine Arts Department of Southwest Normal University. Since engaging in fashion design in 1986, she has won nine awards in provincial, citywide, and national competitions. In 1991, she held her first solo exhibition at the Sichuan Fashion Festival. In 1992, she organized the “Liang Mingyu Fashion Show” in Beijing. From 1993 onwards, she was invited to serve as the chief costume designer for the opening ceremonies of the 7th National Games, the 3rd National Urban Games, and the 21st Universiade (Beijing). In 1994, she held the “China Renowned Teachers Exhibition: Liang Mingyu Session”, and that same year, she went to the Paris Fashion Association College for advanced studies.
In 1995, she launched the “LIANGMINGYU” clothing brand. Her book “Shang”, published by Guangxi Arts Publishing House Co. Ltd in 2000, has received broad media coverage at home and abroad. In 1999, after evaluation by the Chongqing Municipal People’s Government and the Chongqing Municipal Culture and Tourism Commission, she was promoted to a senior fashion designer. The same year, Liang Mingyu established the “Paper Kite” women’s brand. In 1996, she participated in the Chinese Masters Exhibition in the Beijing exhibition area of the UNESCO World Fashion Tour. She attended the Beijing Expo and the Shanghai Expo many times. In 2005, she was the chief designer for the “Bayu Dress” at the 2005 Asia Pacific Cities Summit.
In April 2007, she joined the creative team confirmed by the Beijing Olympic Organizing Committee, led by Zhang Yimou, with Zhang Jigang and Chen Weiya as deputy directors. In August 2007, she served as the lead costume designer for the opening and closing ceremonies. In 2008, the Beijing Olympic Organizing Committee appointed her as the chief costume designer for the opening and closing ceremonies. She was the chief designer of ceremonial clothing for the 2010 Guangzhou Asian Games. In 2018, she received the Fashion Art Lifetime Achievement Award in Beijing. In April 2019, her installation art piece “MASAIMARA” was exhibited at the TATE Modern Museum in the UK.
In 1996, her work “Soul of the South” attended and received a certificate of honor at the “21st Century Fashion Design Competition Award-Winning Works Beijing Tour Exhibition”, hosted by UNESCO on its 50th anniversary.
In 1997, her work “Soul of the South” was used as the logo for the China International Fashion Fair.
In 1999, she was recognized as one of the “Chongqing Top Ten Outstanding Youth” by the Chongqing Municipal People’s Government.
In 2005, she served as the chief designer of national guest attire for the 2005 Asia Pacific Cities Summit and was awarded the “Advanced Individual in the Organization of the 2005 Asia-Pacific Cities Summit” by the Chongqing Municipal People’s Government.
In 2005, her painting “Miao Woman” won the Gold Prize at the Chongqing Women’s Artists Exhibition.
She was the chief costume designer for the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.
In 2008, she was recognized as an “Outstanding Contributor” for her work in preparing for the opening and closing ceremonies of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
In 2018, she received the “Fashion Art Lifetime Achievement Award” from the Beijing Fashion Organizing Committee.
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