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Born in Beijing and based in New York City, the designer Snow Xue Gao blends Asian heritage and Western culture in her designs. With a B.A. from Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology, Gao moved to New York to attend the M.A. program at Parsons — and landed an internship with Jason Wu while still in school. Her graduate collection, which blended Italian and English wool suiting inlaid with Chinese floral printed silks, was chosen to showcase at the 2016 Parsons graduate show. She attracted the attention of VFiles and held a spot in its fall 2017 show. For spring/summer ’18, Gao will present solo for the first time. “Balancing tradition through the use of color and prints that are inspired by the Beijing Opera, I will expand upon signature tailoring and deconstruction draping techniques,” she tells T of her upcoming collection. Gao will be presenting at the Garis & Hahn Gallery downtown, where she is planning to set up a kind of performance — a play on opera, which was an inspiration for the collection.