Julia Marie Chew is a vibrant young fashion designer specializing in couture feather garments through her clothing line, Xiaolin, which has gained international recognition on the runway. Recent achievements include showing collections at Oxford Fashion Week (UK), Christian Fashion Week (US), and Park Avenue Fashion Week (US). In 2013, Chew won the Park Avenue Fashion Week Emerging Designer Contest, largely due to her innovative take on the Project Runway-style challenges. Her imaginative designs have been featured on the covers of multiple magazines and been highlighted in fashion editorials both in print and online. Additional media exposure for Xiaolin includes Buzzfeed, Rangefinder, and Vogue.
"The show (Oxford Fashion Week) featured couture pieces from Xiaolin Design’s Designer Julia Chew who’s thematic influence stems from Gothic romanticism and fantasy - a blur between the lines of the real and the fantastic. Her featured exotic masterpieces transform bodies into walking artefacts of the natural and dream worlds, where everything from butterfly wings to waterfalls and beetles make their mark." -Antonia Mackay, Oxford Fashion Week Blog
"Florida-based and China-born Julia draws inspiration from influences gothic romanticism and operates with relentless patience and creativity when achieving her goals. Her pieces reflect a careful eye for detail and a novel understanding of aesthetics – in particular, her perfectly composed dresses demonstrate her understanding of how to accentuate the female figure through utilising shape and textures. She aspires to tell stories in her pieces, drawing from nature’s beauty and earlier periods of history (where garments were hand-made rather than mass-produced as they are today)." -Yinsey Wang, Nee Hao Magazine (UK)
"Known best for hand-sewn couture garments, Chew's creations are becoming all the rage and gaining international recognition. Inspired by nature, Xiaolin's F/W '13 collection portrays a haunting approach to fashion. Her aesthetic sensibilities brazed with the wildness of the woods ignite a chimera-like essence in her collection..." -EnVie Magazine