Barbara Bui went straight from a literary education into the world of fashion. "I went from wanting to write with words to wanting to write more directly with shapes, colours and lines." Of mixed Asian and Western origin, her designs are always imbued with an openness towards different world cultures. It is above all a style which expresses duality, and a form which blends masculine and feminine codes. Her perspective is that of a woman expressing the balance between strength and sensitivity; energy combined with great femininity.