Royal College of Art MA Fashion 2013

From tailoring to Op-Art, dandelions and Morris dancers

Fashion First Look
Yuhao Luo
Yuhao Luo Photography Marian Alonso

The RCA is known for tailoring technique. Thus 2013's MA opened with a project by 1st year menswear, The Lounge Suit in association with Brioni.

Of the graduates' suiting, Lorna Bilsborrow's tweed excursion stood out. Others, such as James Pilcher mixed sportswear in op-art monochrome, whilst Lucie Vincini injected religion (crystal skullcaps) and fetish (forceps mouth jewellery anyone?) into her streetwear.

Liam Hodges had been snapped up by Lulu Kennedy for June's Fashion East Menswear Installations weeks before this final show. His hulk silhouette for men, not boys, was inspired by Morris dancers, seen through metalwork details and prints.

Elsewhere, Maiko Takeda's impressive shard-like millinery looked like dandelions. Would the models melt on the breeze as they powered through the Kensington Gore campus? No. And neither, we think, will she. 

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