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Jessica McGrady: Uncovering the Poetry of Functional Garments

Constantly being haunted by certain stigmas and misconceptions of growing up in South London, Jessica became cautious of non-identification in dress. Certain aspects of...

Fernanda Cortés: Objects as a prosthesis for the soul

Forms treading the boundaries of the human and non-human. Characters schizophrenically transitioning from deep mourning to jubilation, and then again into fits of rage....

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...

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...

WAYWARD FASHION – New Waves: Une Yea

Une Yea’s approach to fashion is nothing like we’ve ever encountered before. Through her practice, she questions and criticises the excessiveness of fashion, its rooting in blatant consumerism and its inherent manipulative nature. Yet the Chinese RCA graduate sticks to the medium of design as a way to discuss the way we consider fashion today – and transcend it all with her radical vision.

The Royal 20: Laetitia Berthier

Laetitia Berthier is profoundly fascinated by the definition of humanity with all its contradictions and transformations. This influence on her final collection is evident...

Naoya Nakayama: Purified Imperfect

A compliment Naoya Nakayama often receives is that his clothes look “effortlessly beautiful”. As he takes it in, politely and humbly as always, one...

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 conventions of menswear design are useful,” says RCA graduate Jade...

What would be, in your opinion, the most significant moment in the history of modern menswear fashion design? The period that Hedi Slimane started his menswear collection at Dior Homme from 2005 was, in my opinion, the most significant moment in the modern menswear history. He was able to establish his own style that was inspired by rock music. He presented the style of thin long haired models who wore skinny jackets and trousers. I had the impression that the designer's attitude reflected through his boys. At that time, I realised the importance of attitude for men's fashion.

The Royal 20: Oksana Anilionyte

Oksana Anilionyte’s Fluid’Sense is a collection of jaw-dropping garments made from films of iridescent material. Unable to grasp the opacity of these designs, her garments...

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...

The Royal 20: Shinhwan Kim

Shinhwan Kim talks with us about the necessity of communication through fashion, as he believes that interaction between designer and wearer becomes essential in...