Columbus designer/stylist Peng Zhang on his self-taught technique

The Alternative Fashion Mob will host Alternative Fashion Week from April 19 to 26. A week of workshops, presentations and runway shows will culminate in a grand finale fashion show at The Gallery at Strongwater Food & Spirits. Ten local designers will show full collections, and 10 more will show mini-collections. Go here for more info. Meet one of the designers below.

Name: Peng Zhang

Age: 22

Credentials: Stylist for Staley Cook of Staley Designs

My story: I have an engineering background, but I have a huge interest in fashion. I didn't receive any professional training for design, but I've been teaching myself techniques over the past year. My goal is to launch my own brand and have my own boutique.

Personal style: Simple white t-shirt-and I always love a denim jacket.

Favorite local stores: Second Chance

Favorite designers: Raf Simons

True style is… having the courage to have your own conviction.

Inspiration for this collection: All the beautiful clean shapes of cloth

Biggest challenge in creating this collection: Hard to get the ideal fabric

Are items shown in this collection for sale? Not now, but they will be in the future, price range will be $50 to $300

Do you do custom work? Yes, I do. Price depends on the design.

Personal website and/or contact info:

Nathanzhang1991@gmail.com