Gurao, China — In 1996, Zhang Zhifan started a transformative trend in this sleepy farming village when he opened a sweater factory.
Seven years later, armed with apparel-making know-how and a better idea of where the consumer clothing market was headed, Zhang decided to switch his product lines. Sweaters were not the way forward — intimate apparel was.
A Stella McCartney sketch of a custom dress made from protein-based silk in partnership with biotech lab Bolt Threads. The dress will be displayed at The Museum of Modern Art's upcoming design exhibition, "Items: Is Fashion Modern?"