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Meet the designers behind the RCA collections

Featuring: Sophie Schmidt, Oksana Anilionyte, Sarah Kilkenny, Stefanie Tschirky, Elsa Ellies & Miles Dunphy, Helen Kirkum, Sanglak Shon, Jessica Mcgrady, Supriya Lele, Amanda Svart, Laetitia Berthier Featured image: collection by Supriya Lele By Jelly Luise Schuhmacher...

RCA grad Yvonne Lin loves oppositions

Coming from a small town in China, art was never really more than a hobby for Yvonne Lin. Graduating from RCA with a Masters...

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...

Stefanie Tschirky: fashion’s new ‘Renaissance’ designer?

It is not often that you hear of creatives enjoying maths, science and logical subjects. Stefanie, now in her second year at the Royal...

The Royal 20: Timothy Bouyez-Forge

Timothy Bouyez-Forge’s understanding of a strong aesthetic identity easily became the foundation for his final collection at the RCA. From his experiences working with...

The Royal 20: Lauren Jin

Lauren Jin’s graduate collection is so close to the skin, some may even think it represents the surfaces underneath. Using muted nude tones and...

Work In Progress: Fabian Kis-Juhasz

Fabian Kis-Juhasz dares to question, subvert and defy what he works with, whether that be the way he moulds leather and lycra to the body...

La Religieuse – New Waves: E Wha Lim

“Behold, the new has come” is the tone-on-tone half-concealed message on a shiny black plastic dress with fringe sleeves. E Wha Lim picks Bible...

The Royal 20: Marco Baitella

After years of wild experimentation, shoe designer and recent ITS competition winner Marco Baitella came to realise the importance of simplifying design. Throughout his...

Edén Barrena, the politics of pleasure in art

A year ago, Edén Barrena was studying the Printmaking MA at the Royal College of Art. Today, her landscape has changed in a quite...

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: 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,...