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Royal College of Art

The Royal 20: Sanglak Shon

Sanglak Shon understands that from an essential (consumer) point of view, fashion is about both looking and feeling good. A casual kind of cool...

The Royal 20: Stefanie Tschirky

Stefanie Tschirky’s design celebrates perfection within chaos. Her Royal College of Art MA Fashion collection entitled Controlled Chaos is a personal and visual reaction...

The Royal 20: Supriya Lele

Set against the curve of the female body, soft rich velvet roses and their dark green leaves are compressed beneath a sheet of thick,...

Genderfree Glitter – New Waves: Sarah Sweeney

Sarah Sweeney, originally from Prescot, a small town outside Liverpool, came to London almost by chance. Growing up, Sarah had never imagined herself leaving Northern England, and certainly not to move to London for her university degree. Nonetheless, she added Ravensbourne to her UCAS application as an extra option, but when she travelled down for the initial interview, she had a good feeling about the relatively small institution. After completing her BA Fashion Knitwear in 2012, she transitioned to traditional Womenswear as she was admitted to the Royal College of Art, a transition she found hard in certain regards. “At Ravensbourne there wasn’t a lot of technical support, so when I started at the RCA I felt quite limited in a way,” she recalls over e-mail. Luckily, it didn’t take long for Sarah to figure out what worked best for her. “I learned a lot over the last 2 years and really found my own design handwriting, which is what I wanted to gain from the course,” she says. “Zowie became the new director when I was in the second year, and instantaneously there was a new atmosphere at the RCA: she was able to push everyone out of their comfort zones, so that everyone could make the most of their experience at the RCA.”

The Royal 20: Colleen Leitch

  When I first met Colleen on one of my trips to the RCA studios back in December, I recall being most taken by a...

QUEERING THE FAMILY PHOTO ALBUM, New Waves: Mark Glasgow

The graduate collection of Royal College of Art menswear designer Mark Glasgow proposed a rose-tinted homotopia reminiscent of Fire Island in the ‘70s as...

Celia Pym is mending the human heart through knit

The human experience carries a vulnerable weight. Sometimes it is easier to speak through an object, and Celia Pym is making art that heals...

Tuğcan Dökmen: from Spice Girls to Turkish Men in Polo shirts

Listening to the entire Harry Potter audiobook series, Desert Island disks, and BBC Radio programmes, Tuğcan Dökmen works her way through sheets of fabric...

Heikki Salonen: the protege of Renzo Rosso restarts his brand and...

WORDS BY JULIA VAN IJKEN -- It’s a cold Autumn Friday and Frieze London is coming to an end. While designer and artist Alice Waese...

Per Götesson: towards a functional MA graduate collection

A bit like how Picasso had his blue period and then his rose one, in middle school Per dressed in colour phases. One month...

The Royal 20: Marie Maisonneuve

Phone held aloft, I move the screen: pinching and retracting my fingers to explore the environments and experiences of Marie Maisonneuve’s modern nomad. Within...

RCA grad Arnar Jonsson brings Icelandic sensibility to the streets of...

"It’s not the wrong weather, it’s the wrong clothing," or so the dictum goes. Hailing from Iceland, Arnar Jonsson knows how important it is...