Royal College of Art

Royal College of Art

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: 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: 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...

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.”

Katie Roberts-Wood: Slow Clothes in Motion

Katie Roberts-Wood is an RCA graduate to keep an eye on in 2016. She recently presented the AW16 collection of her brand, ROBERTS | WOOD,...

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...

Is Timothy Bouyez-Forge the next ‘Utopian’ fashion designer?

Ever dreamed of being transported to a new realm, planet or even just a place in your mind? Timothy has, and continually manifests these imaginations...

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...

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.

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...

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,...

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...