Interview: Fashion Week Photographer Zhou Wengang on China's 2017 Shows

By Dominic Ngai, December 28, 2017

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201712/year-in-review-logo.jpgThose of us living in China might have been spared the tumultuous drama that our US counterparts have experienced in 2017, but like always, the Middle Kingdom has had its own fair share of attention-grabbing headlines. From the boom of shared bikes to a presidential visit from The Donald, our team has put together a list of 2017’s most unforgettable viral stories, recounting major events that defined the worlds of sports, tech, arts, fashion and food. Here’s to another year of eclectic, weird and wonderful life in China, we wouldn’t have it any other way. 

For more, follow our full 2017 Year in Review coverage. 


Since 2014, fashion photographer Zhou Wengang has been documenting the styles of Chinese modernites on the streets of the nation’s major cities. Frequently seen outside of Fashion Week events in Shanghai, Beijing and Shenzhen sporting his red beanie and shooting some of the most well-dressed passersby with his DSLR camera, Zhou’s work has been featured in the Fashion Week coverage of news outlets like Sohu. Here, he tells That’s about the trends he noticed while attending this year’s fashion events, as well as his favorite city to shoot in. 

How do you usually decide which person to photograph?
It’s sometimes about the overall look, or it could also be one piece of item that catches my eye. Basically, he or she has to stand out from the crowd. 

What was your most memorable experience while covering Fashion Weeks?
When I was covering Shanghai Fashion Week a few seasons ago, a car hit me while I was chasing down someone for a shot. Luckily, I walked away unscathed. 

What do you like most about street fashion photography?
I see it as a way to document the different styles seen on the streets of China. Many people who have never been here have a misunderstanding that the Chinese don’t really know how to dress. I want my photographs to prove them wrong.

What are some of the most noticeable trends this year?
There are a lot of oversized silhouette dresses, coats, shirts and trousers on the streets these days.

Have you noticed any differences between how people dress in different cities?
In general, I think Shanghainese are more daring and high-energy in the way they dress, while Shenzhen is simpler, less flashy. Beijing, on the other hand, is slightly more mature and conservative, but I actually get the best photos here. I think it’s because there are many leading art institutions in and around the city, so the people here have an inborn sense of fashion, as well as an understated charm that’s quite unique. 

Lastly, is there a special meaning to the iconic red beanie that you wear?
Red is my favorite color; it’s the color of the Chinese flag and it’s also very festive. I’ve become very attached to my red beanie, and I’ve been wearing it everyday for the last two years! 

Follow Zhou Wengang’s work on his official WeChat account: wengangstreetsnap


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