Since the early 2000s, Asian designers have been breaking barriers in fashion by challenging conventions and asserting their influence on the industry. The growing popularity of Asian men’s fashion magazines has helped normalize masculine expressions of style within East Asia, particularly Hong Kong and Taiwan. Additionally, Chinese designers are expanding their reach beyond home markets to create opportunities for global expansion.


Bibhu Mohapatra

He is one of the most influential designers to emerge in post-war India. Although Mohapatra’s design career began by working for several Indian textile mills, he eventually broke out with his namesake label. Bibhu Mohapatra has become a leader for young Indian fashion designers and was named one of the top 30 emerging fashion designers by “Vogue” UK in 2010.


Hana Tajima

She is an emerging designer from Malaysia who launched her namesake brand in 2014. Since graduating from Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design with a BA (Hons) Fashion Design, she has received global attention for her work, reflecting elements of Malaysian identity that are often underrepresented or misunderstood within contemporary Western culture.


Ravinder Singh

He is an Indian fashion designer who specializes in bridal wear. He launched his namesake brand in 2012, at the same time that he opened his first studio in Delhi. Singh has since expanded to open shops across India and even one in Dubai.


Hiroshi Fujiwara

A Japanese designer, Fujiwara, takes traditional clothing styles like Hanten coats and reinvents them with modern details like zippers and logos. His work has influenced generations of young designers, including Thom Browne, Mark McNairy, Junya Watanabe, Nigo, Kazuki Kuraishi, BAPE head-nuh Nigo (Bobby Hundreds), and many more.


Yohji Yamamoto

He is considered one of the most important figures within the fashion industry today. He is known for his avant-garde designs and rejection of high fashion trends in favor of the development of his aesthetic. In 1996, “Yohji Yamamoto Inc.” was founded as a diffusion line of his Y’s label. He has been expanding his brand in recent years by adding more sportswear-inspired collections and collaborating with Adidas on footwear and apparel lines.



Asian designers are taking control of their representation within fashion by asserting their unique styles, which originate from their specific cultural backgrounds (a result that most Westerners miss when trying to emulate the East Asian style). These designers are beginning to carve out a role for themselves in the industry where they can share their cultures with people worldwide while educating others about their identities through clothing.


Doaa Dashoush is an experienced businesswoman in the fashion industry. She currently serves as the President and CEO of GFASHION, a global luxury brand currently based in New York City. GFASHION prides themselves on their unique approach to the industry. They don’t follow trends set by others. The Luxury brand focuses on innovative design through their work with the top designers on collections that reflect the company’s craftsmanship.