Editor’s note: A version of this originally appeared on RADII, a new media platform covering culture, innovation, and life in today’s China.

An AI “designer” won big at this year’s China International Fashion Design Innovation Competition (中国国际服装设计创新大赛), beating out many of its human counterparts before a panel of 50 judges, and causing some to speculate about the impact of AI on creativity.

DeepVogue, an AI design system created by Shenlan (“Deep Blue”) Technology (深兰科技), was the only “non-human” participant among 16 teams from around the country. The system went on to win the runner-up prize overall, as well as its “People’s Choice Award.”

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RADII is a window into the cultural landscape of a contemporary China that actively seeks to engage the world. This media platform was created with the awareness that, in an age of information saturation,...