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Amongst the things that rouse Chinese designer Sensen Lii’s creative juices are Lady Gaga, aliens, and Windows XP. This (at least partly) explains how he brings his distinctively ornamental designs to life… Sensen’s brand, Windowsen, was born between the walls of Antwerp’s Royal Academy of Fine Arts, from which he graduated this summer. Having already shown a collection at VFiles’ SS19 show in New York, where he caused a stir by turning his models into aliens, Sensen had a taste of the fashion world before he’d even finished studying. Why aliens? Sensen wants to show the world that identity stretches further than just ‘the woman’ or ‘the man’, “I use an alien’s body because they could be wearing menswear, or they could be wearing womenswear. It could be for anyone.” Sensen is part of a surge of designers embracing the importance of genderless fashion, and he eagerly awaits a time in which labelling clothes in this way isn’t such an integral part of designing them. For Sensen, boundaries are not a familiar concept; and speaking to him soon reveals that in his mind, there are none. Ideas come from anywhere and everywhere, starting with the games he played on his Windows computer as a child (hence Window-sen) and ending, well, nowhere. The ‘window’ in Windowsen is not only an ode to Sensen’s beloved childhood computer operating system, but a nod to what he wants his designs to permit: a window into his mind, with the aim of showing people “different views of the world”. One thing his designs always contain is monsters, with last season’s alien-themed collection carrying through onto his most recent, graduate collection; where use of his signature extra-terrestrial colour palette of greens, yellows and purples was prominent. Alongside this, though, was a more understated side to the collection, one of nudes and skin tones, which Sensen tells us is representative of a deeper meaning, a new found confidence in himself.

“Sensen is part of a surge of designers embracing the importance of genderless fashion, and he eagerly awaits a time in which labelling clothes in this way isn’t such an integral part of designing them.”

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