Tim Yip

Mr Tim Yip is an award-winning multi-disciplinary artist in costume design, art direction for films and theatrical performances, and contemporary art. For Ang Lee’s Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, he won the Academy Award for Best Art Direction and the British Academy Film Award for Best Costume Designer for his works in 2001. In 2004, Mr Yip was art and costume director for the Beijing handover ceremony at the Olympic Games in Athens. His striking costume design and art direction for the theatre production Medea, television drama Oranges Turn Ripe, Netflix series Marco Polo, and feature films Temptation of a Monk and Double Vision have further attracted worldwide attention to his work.

Mr Yip’s career began with John Woo’s modern classic A Better Tomorrow. Over the past 30 years, he has collaborated with internationally acclaimed film directors such as John Woo, Ang Lee, Tsai Ming Liang, Tian Zhuangzhuang and Li Shaohong. Prominent art troupes such as Cloud Gate Dance Theatre, Contemporary Legend Theatre, Han Tang Yue-fu Song and Dance Ensemble, Cirque du Soleil and English National Ballet, to name a few, have also worked with Mr Yip in an array of performances that toured China, Austria, France, Singapore, the United Kingdom and the United States. His works have also been featured in solo exhibitions in leading galleries and museums in Asia and Europe.

Keynote Speech – Energy Reform

Thanks to the internet boom, access to the aesthetics of ancient cultures has never been so easy and massive in volume. Extensive exposure to cultures of the past may develop in the designer a creative consciousness that resonates with those cultural sources and complex currents buried in history. This is where the future connects with the past, imagination with tradition, both in conciliatory and confrontational terms. This is also where China now stands, as it propels through transformation.

In his keynote speech, Mr Yip will elaborate on the challenges and opportunities of the Chinese transformation, his theory of ‘New Orientalism’ that the future is reversed to the past for energy and inspiration for rebirth.