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The names of the 20 emerging designers selected by Vogue Italia to pair up with the S.Pellegrino Young Chef 2015 finalists have finally been announced.
Each designer will reinterpret the work of their team-mate through a fashion creation inspired by the chef’s dish, in an unprecedented fusion of fine food and style.
Here is the interview with Central & Northern Asia region finalists: chef Jin Yong Park and fashion designer duo Miuniku.
|What inspires the aesthetics of your creations?||What inspires the aesthetics of your creations?|
Everything in the world.
Things around us. The mundane daily things really. We also love the work of artists like Ettore Sottsass and Philip King.
|How do colours and textures influence your creations?||How do colours and textures influence your creations?|
When I think about colour in my dishes, I always focus on nature. There is no complexity in my dish, however the textures are diverse.
We love to play with different colours and textures. There can be endless permutations and combinations. So it really gives us the freedom to create something that feels new each time!
|How would you describe your creative style?||How would you describe your creative style?|
Nature is the most important thing in my creative style. Sometimes you could call it minimalist and simple, but it also includes a sense of harmony and perfection.
||Our creative style is a mix between minimal and maximal elements. It's a balance between clean lines and graphic details. |
|Is there any influence of your country's traditions, culture or materials in your creative work?||Is there any influence of your country's traditions, culture or materials in your creative work?|
|Of course. I’m Korean. That is my big advantage, so I want use it. That’s lucky for me. My signature dish includes Korean tradition, culture, ingredients and soul.||Yes! It's colour and proportion. You could see someone on the street wearing an interesting colour and print combination and they are not even trying to make a fashion statement its normal to wear yellow trousers and a red shirt! Also the silhouette and proportion of how people mix traditional outfits with a pair of jeans or with a jacket is very interetsing to us!|
|What food would you happily die eating?||What food would you happily die eating?|
Traditional style samgyetang (Korean style Chicken Ginseng soup) by my mother.
For Nikita it would be macaroons and for me may be a good mushroom risotto!
|The first top fashion designer that comes to mind?||The first top chef that comes to your mind?|
||Gordon Ramsay, Jamie Oliver.|
|If your cuisine was something to wear, what would it be?||If your creations were a dish, what would it be?|
|Natural and simple. I like natural-looking fashion, not fancy and colourful.||Maybe a box of assorted macaroons.|
|What ingredient would you never eat, and why?||What item of fashion would you never wear, and why?|
|I can eat everything.||We would never wear animal print. We don't think we have the personality to carry it off.|
|What’s the first thing you’ll do upon arriving in Milan next June?||What’s the first thing you’ll do upon arriving in Milan next June?|
|It’s too far from South Korea to Milan, so I need some sleep. Maybe...||Buy a Vodafone sim card with a good data connection and then find a super market!|
|What do you expect from this challenge?||What do you expect from this challenge?|
|To carry out cultural food exchanges with other chefs. But most of all, I want to enjoy the whole experience.||We are really excited about this event because we will get to meet new people and wil get to learn about world cultures, aesthetics and design!|
Miuniku's interview was conducted by Vogue.it