From my earliest memories in Vietnam, I have always been fascinated and inspired by the graceful beauty and artistic style of the red-crowned crane. The bird’s unique choreography is captivating; the motions of bowing, posing, bobbing, and pirouetting are musical; and the habit of leaping excitedly into the air is like the crescendo at the end of a symphony. I am even more enthralled by the artistic and moving display of affection these birds exhibit in their courtship ritual. On a snow-covered field, the red-crowned cranes will face one another, raise their heads toward the sky, and call out in unison. While singing in this way, the duo will then initiate an elaborate dance, all without any rehearsal. After the dance, the couple will leap into the air, raising and spreading their wings, and take flight. The pair will go on to repeat the performance many times over a period of years. The mating ritual creates a lifelong bond. I find it poetic.
In that vein, my Fall/Winter 2018 Ready-to-Wear Collection, called ‘Taking Flight,” is a tribute to the proud red-crowned crane during this glorious journey. Through their journey they take me back to cities that I once visited that inspired the names of the garments in the collection. This collection is as much about art and beauty as it is about long-lasting love, taking flight, and soaring to new heights.
INSIDE THE COLLECTION
For her Fall/Winter 2018 Ready-to-Wear collection, Nancy Tran designed, digitally printed, and embroidered original prints onto luxurious fabrics. Inspired by the beauty and symbolism of the red-crowned cranes, embroidery either directly on or applied on the garment of these majestic creatures can be seen on many of the garments as well as their slender bodies shaping the silhouette of the garments themselves.
Skilled silk painters created original artwork beautifully displayed on magnificent silk. This highly detailed craftsmanship was then printed onto silk wool using advanced digital technology in New York City. An artistic spirit of freedom and adventure is summoned by these visually stunning prints.
A number of specialized embroidery techniques were masterfully created by hand and machine and applied by hand to the rich fabrics. These meticulous efforts thoroughly capture the essence of the Nancy Tran collection.
The wearer is delighted to experience appealing shapes and rich textures. In addition to conveying her high standards of construction and fit, Nancy Tran has created a collection that is truly beautiful and timeless.