Royal College of Art

Royal College of Art

Alex Mullins makes a case for being bored while designing

Waiting for a crit to happen (or simply to end) after an allnighter? Notice how during your prolonged stare at a piece of fabric, it...

“The weirder, the better.” Dive into the minds of RCA’s MA...

How can we create a sisterhood to educate women on the values of self-worth? What if the body would mould the garment, instead of the other...

The Royal 20: Taja Bobek

Once upon a time, bags were not a prominent addition to looks presented on the runway. Fairly speaking, it looked a bit awkward -- an...

Hendrickje Schimmel: Archiving decaying clothes

Challenging the traditional notion of functional clothing, Hendrickje experiments with institutionally archiving garments as a way of preservation, and plays with the idea of...

The Royal 20: Jess McGrady

Describing her work as 'accepting of wearing me' and 'pack mentality of I', Jess McGrady’s focus as a creator is fundamentally centred around the...

RCA grad Richard Szuman proposes a new take on sustainability

The minimalist piano music of Yann Tiersen accompanied the graduation show of Richard Szuman, RCA MA Menswear Fashion graduate, who personally performed the French...

RCA grad Kira Goodey on mastering the art of spontaneity

Tokyo. Like many of the mega-cities today, it is full to the brim with infinite opportunity and remains an incredible source of artistic inspiration....

RCA’s Supriya Lele: lo-fi luxury and the female form

When I first met Supriya in December, we were both clad in black, just as we were when I met her once again last...

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...

Defining abstraction, New Waves: Zhujing Jiang

Already in her native Chengdu, a city in the South West of China, Zhujing had been familiar with the mythological Royal College of Art,...

Nan Li: My Pussy My Choice

The cock-heavy collection of RCA MA Fashion graduate Nan Li may fire up a handful of feminists when they’re confronted with his penis-dresses and dick-tops, but slowly, one discovers that his concepts are a bit more complex than they seem at first sight. Taking cues from social media superstars like Kim Kardashian, Nicki Minaj, and Rihanna, Nan puts entertainment at centre stage of his brand and received VFiles’ support straight after graduating. He showed his collection on their runway during NYFW, and subsequently took the garments on a small USA tour and presented them on a runway in LA. Nan and his creative partner Emilia Pfo have now returned back home, though not in London. Avoiding the high costs of living and working in the UK, the duo has based their brand in Berlin, where the government fully supports creative businesses. Nan talks with us about inflatable fashion, exploding on social media, and why it’s important not to start a brand all by yourself.

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.