More about Ping
Why did you choose to study MA Fashion and Textile Design at NTU?
“My interest in fashion started around high school, from there I went on to be a window designer at a top end bridal boutique. At 18, I attended Suzhou University, a leading art and design university in China. I came to the United Kingdom because it is one of the top countries for fashion. I’m always inspired when I am here so it seemed the perfect place to pursue my dream in fashion.”
What did you enjoy most about studying here?
“I enjoyed learning about the differences in culture and lifestyle as it has helped me mould a truly international career path.”
How did you find the course staff?
“The course staff were extremely helpful; they gave me advice and helped me throughout the course.”
As an international student, how did you find living in Nottingham?
“It is not as hectic and busy as London, but it’s still culturally diverse and interesting. Nottingham is only one and a half hours to London on the train, and is very accessible to both Liverpool and Manchester.”
How has your career developed since leaving NTU?
“During the summer of 2004, I interned at Alexander McQueen and worked on fabric development. I then spent five years working for British retailer, Aftershock, designing evening and special occasion dresses. These experiences really helped me understand the market and business side of fashion, and prepared me for launching my own brand.
“In 2012, I set up my own label called PINGHE targeting elegant, confident, and sophisticated women. In 2015, my second line PH15 was launched. In less than three years, PINGHE and PH15 had grown into an international luxury brand, with 50 stockists across seven countries, including Harvey Nichols, Fenwick and SKP Beijing, and showrooms in London, New York and Canada.”
Why would you recommend studying MA Fashion and Textile Design at NTU?
“The course provides the opportunity for you to explore and develop your own specialism and a wide range of career opportunities. The chance of working creatively with fellow students, practitioners and staffs from different cultures and backgrounds is very beneficial, especially in fashion industry.”
What advice would you give to other international students?
“Work hard, have a clear vision, and focus on your long term goal!”