Royal College of Art

Royal College of Art

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...

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.”

Grand Theft Artist, Per Hansson

What do you get when you throw fast cars, cowboys and heavy metal into the mix? Aside from a would-be teenage dream, it's a...

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...

Influential Fashion Educators: David Kappo

David Kappo is perhaps the ultimate embodiment of the spirit of St. Martins. He has frequented the halls of the institution since before its merging with Central School of Art and Design, and remains one of the most prominent tutors in the institution as he directs CSM’s Graduate Diploma while lecturing at the Royal College of Art’s MA course. We invited Kappo, dressed extravagantly in floral tunic and bejewelled en masse, for breakfast at Dishoom, to hear how Louise Wilson once saved him from a tranny shop in SoHo and why it’s important to have the courage to wear what you design.

The Royal 20: Amanda Svart

Employing plaster and wood to inform her silhouette and play with the idea of ‘breaking free’, Amanda Svart’s RCA graduate collection explores modern principles...

Design like dance : Fengyi Tan draws geometric spaces with thread

It started with a moment in the movements of a dancer. Then, there was the body, elastic yarn, and tensions. The result: the beginning...

Marco Baitella, experimentally crafting shoes at the Royal College of Art

When we first met, it was Marco’s self-portrait on his desk which struck me: cross-armed with a fusilli mohican, it was a glimpse into...

WOMEN OF ALL AGES – New Waves: Morwenna Darwell

Morwenna Darwell hails from the South West of Scotland, where she grew up on a farm which belonged to a vibrant community supporting adults...

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,...

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...

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...