This silk dress painted with a landscape design in black ink is titled 'Tian Do Mo Hun'. It was designed by Xiong Ying, the Chief Designer of Heaven Gaia which is a Beijing-based Chinese fashion brand, founded in 2013. Xiong Ying was a well-established fashion stylist in China, with regular clients such as artists, celebrities, famous TV hosts as well as major TV channels.
Xiong Ying says that the Beijing Old Summer Palace was the inspiration for this collection. 'We have utilised selected materials, sophisticated technology, exquisite workmanship, to present a seamless integration of the Chinese traditional charm and contemporary fashion style' she says. Her designs are elaborate, mixing dip-dyed silk, traditional Suzhou embroideries, silk tapestry and hand painted motifs along with a few feathered embellishments on gowns and separates with details like Mandarin collars and covered button fastenings. Her interpretation of Chinese handicrafts is, in general, airy and light, with white backgrounds to many designs graduating into pale green and lilac shades. This particular dress was painted with black ink with a theme of traditional landscape painting. The title of the dress 'Tian Do Mo Hun' literally translate as heaven and earth and ink and spirit.