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Marking the start of London Fashion Week Men’s, on Thursday 8 June - and the evening of the UK General Election - the Royal College of Art (RCA) will present its annual Fashion Show. Taking place within Rachel Whiteread’s former studio in Shoreditch, MA Fashion students will introduce their collections through a combination of performance, installation, music and choreography.

Within the light-filled spaces of this studio that until recently was where Turner Prize winning artist Rachel Whiteread lived and worked for 20 years, the Fashion 2017 cohort will demonstrate their extraordinary thinking in brave new ways. Introducing unexpected work that broaches new frontiers, this dynamic, multi-layered presentation will offer an alternative way to engage with fashion.

1883 caught up with some of the graduates as they take us through their collections, dreams and inspirations.

 

Bianca Saunders

Course:

MA Fashion Menswear

Why fashion?  

To me it’s the perfect combination of everything I wanted to do. It’s like all creative art subjects rolled into one. I’ve always enjoyed making the product, the creative direction and the research behind the work etc. 

Give us one interesting fact about yourself

I decided to take up swimming lessons - learning how to swim properly had been my goal ever since I did camp America.  I felt as though I missed out on a big chunk of the experience because of it. 

Describe your work aesthetic in 50 words or less.

It’s a mixture of sportswear and tailoring with hints that are taken from couture techniques. It’s based a lot on my culture and the styling is influenced by my heritage  

Who/what inspires you? 

My friends and family -  being in the RCA is inspiring too as I’m around so many great creatives.

What does graduating mean for you?

A lot – I’m the first in my immediate family to get a masters. It’s a big achievement especially because it’s the RCA. The people that have come out of the RCA have created shifts and pushed ideas. 

Where do you see yourself in five years time? 

In my studio working on my new collection.  

 

Arnar Mar Jonsson

Course:

MA Fashion Menswear

Why fashion?

I originally came from more of an art background but slowly and then entirely I was drawn into fashion.

Give us one interesting fact about yourself:

I have never used deodorant.

Describe your aesthetic in 50 words or less:

Dirty sporty luxurious.

Who/what inspires you?

Social, landscapes and humans in my surroundings.

What does graduating mean for you?

Time to grow up and burst the bubble!

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Happy

Name: Aubrey Wang

Course:

MA Fashion Womenswear

Why fashion?

I always resonated to beautiful things, and over time I’ve developed what someone would call “a taste”. I’ve realized that I wanted to invent something new in fashion. And by I meant a new way of thinking, which can be achieved by blending fashion with other practices in a form of collaborations. Exchanging ideas (engineers, service design) can help to get a fresh perspective. 

Give us one interesting fact about yourself:

I have a serious face.

Describe your aesthetic in 50 words or less:

My aesthetic is all about new and old, mixing modern luxury and low taste of Chinese casual style of 90s. Bringing together ideas of robotic and humane. 

Who inspires you?

Artists like Matthew Barney, Sputnico!. Sometimes I think if I weren’t in fashion I would probably be an artist like them.

Who/what inspires you?

Theory of speculative design, surrealism in paintings, technology of 90

What does graduating mean for you?

Graduating for me a very exciting moment. It will give me a good possibility to introduce my ideas, vision in fashion, being noticed and considered as a serious artist in both fashion and art worlds.  

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

I see myself working at the studio named ‘’Aubrino’’ along with people with a similar mind set, open to collaboration without being limited to a specific area of practice. I want to create a collective of talented artists, engineers, IT specialists to bring to life the most challenging projects.

 

Name: Matija Cop

Course:

MA Fashion Womenswear

Why fashion?

Just the way I see the world, communication through creating identities

Give us one interesting fact about yourself:

Before fashion I had a career as an athlete, and I am still National junior record holder 200m indoor.

Describe your work aesthetic in 50 words or less:

My work appropriates cutting-edge technologies and applies them to the construction of the fashion object. During my original process of construction, garments are first modelled on computer programs, deconstructed into their component parts, laser-cut and finally reconstructed by hand to realise precisely-engineered garments.

Who/what inspires you?

Digital, femininity, construction, structure, disintegration, romanticism, grid

What does graduating mean for you?

New beginnings, excitement about the unknown and newness.

Where do you see yourself in five years time?

Developing my practice and having my own studio.

 

Name: Fabian Kis-Juhasz

Course:

MA Fashion Womenswear

Why fashion?

I’ve been studying fashion since I was 14; I dabbled into fine art and theatre too but fashion turned out to be ultimate way for me to visually communicate what I have to say.

Give us one interesting fact about yourself:

I spend a lot of money and time on makeup, probably way more than I should…

Describe your work aesthetic in 50 words or less:

Historically feminine references translated into a modern context. Clashing heavy and soft materials infused with the aesthetic of vintage horror films. Exploring what quality means by combining the refined with the raw. 

Who/what inspires you?

Alternative ideas of feminine empowerment and any films or texts around the subject. 

What does graduating mean for you?

It’s terrifying and exciting at the same time. I will no longer have the comfort of getting creative and technical support from college but I can establish myself on a bigger level.

Where do you see yourself in five years time? 

Running my own brand hopefully and/or freelancing as a creative consultant.

 

Name: Camilla Damkjaer

Course: 

MA Fashion Womenswear

Why fashion?

I have always been interested in how people choose to express themselves through the way that they dress. That combined with a very strong drive to make things naturally led me in the direction of fashion. 

Give us one interesting fact about yourself:

I own about 20 jackets. 

Describe your work aesthetic in 50 words or less:

Colourful prints engineered to let the construction of the garment influence the print of the garment - or the print of another garment as a ‘shadow print’, are a very important part of my work aesthetic. 

Who/what inspires you?

People who love what they do. 

What does graduating mean for you?

I am both really excited and really scared at the same time, because it means that the safety net of uni is gone and my work and skills will now truly be tested.  But actually I think that I am mostly excited. I can’t wait to finally show my work and then see what will happen from that.  

Where do you see yourself in five years time?

Hopefully in a studio full of amazing people working on amazing stuff. And I am dreaming that I will be a part of the driving forces of this studio.  

 

Name: Everett Wong

Course: 

MA Fashion, Menswear Knitwear

Why fashion?

It is a perfect medium that fuses the contradictions between fantasy and reality, the tangible and the ephemeral and the dichotomy of the humorous and the serious.

Give us one interesting fact about yourself:

I make traditional jointed teddy bears.

Describe your work aesthetic in 50 words or less.

Contradictory

Bold and colourful

Traditional craft

Respect and irreverence

Cozy and familiar

Delicate and robust

Graceful and obnoxious

Who/what inspires you?

People: Now: Close friends, people with a mind of their own. Past: Albert Kahn, Charlie Chaplin & Max Linder

Things: Finnish, Japanese and Eastern textiles, Indian embroideries, silent films, Alberth Kahn’s auto chrome photography.

Time periods: Belle Epoque and the Twenties

What does graduating mean for you?

To be able to go out into the world with more confidence and assurance in the skill sets I have to offer.

Where do you see yourself in five years time? 

As an integral member of a company or brand where I can infuse my values for dexterous craftsmanship into the DNA of wherever I end up working. That said, the dream job in that scenario would be to end up at Dries Van Noten.

 

Abbie Stirrup

Course: 

MA Fashion Womenswear

Why fashion? 

Fashion sets me free in a world of seriousness. I believe fashion is beyond a garment, fashion is in everything we touch and see. It gives light to experimentation and allows for freedom of expression. Fashion has a dramatic impact on the world we live in, I love and hate that many people underestimate the power of fashion. 

Give us one interesting fact about yourself:

I was an Elite gymnasts starting at the age of 6 until 17 year’s old. 

Describe your work aesthetic in 50 words or less:

Garish, Neon, Tailored gunge, Drippy ink.  

Who/what inspires you?

Personal life experiences. Reaching a high level of conciseness, people who are fuckin determined and creatively talented. COLOUR & LIFE   

What does graduating mean for you?

Graduating means an accumulation of 8 year’s insane hard work. A continuous mission of refining of my vision and skill. An extremely proud moment for me and my family. To graduate with a master’s degree was a recent new goal of mine and I believe has become the making of me as a designer and performer. 

Where do you see yourself in five years time? 

If I knew that I would freak the f***k out. My excitement thrives on unexpected life turns. At a guess probably dripping in neon gunge, travelling the world, making, creating and sharing energy. 

 

Elizabeth Vale

Course:

MA Fashion Menswear

Why fashion? 

The people. Fashion is challenging and exhausting, but you’re also surrounded by the most wonderful tutors & contemporaries. For me fashion is a celebration of craft, intelligence, style and purpose. Fashion simply creates endless possibilities.

Give us one interesting fact about yourself.

I’m not sure I have any good party tricks - this should perhaps be my aim on graduation. 

Describe your work aesthetic in 50 words or less.

A personal anthropological study that revolves around my grandfather Eddy, creating pieces for men I’ve loved & will further love. The collection is divided under distinct titles that are grounded in history and research. There’s a narrative behind every detail and an exploration of forgotten elegance. The clothes inhabit reality and memory. 

Who/what inspires you?

Men, uniform, stories & words. 

What does graduating mean for you?

A new chapter, new opportunities, new studio. 

Where do you see yourself in five years time? 

Working, perhaps studying for a PhD, collaborating, writing. Ideally in London or perhaps Paris. 

Arnar Mar Jonsson

Course:

MA Fashion Menswear

Why fashion?

I originally came from more of an art background but slowly and then entirely I was drawn into fashion.

Give us one interesting fact about yourself:

I have never used deodorant.

Describe your aesthetic in 50 words or less:

Dirty sporty luxurious.

Who/what inspires you?

Social, landscapes and humans in my surroundings.

What does graduating mean for you?

Time to grow up and burst the bubble!

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Happy

 

For the live stream of the RCA follow on it Instagram at @royalcollegeofart #ShowRCA 

Photographer: Ruth Ward 

Creative Direction: Foxall Studio

Interview by Sofia Khan

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