RCA Grad Show 2

Royal College of Art showcases its impressive roster of design students at the annual Graduate show...

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In the second part of our RCA fashion graduates inspection, we continue to look at the best of the best. We find out what motivated the collections, what other designers they admire and what sort of plans they have now...

Poppy Cartwright

My graduate collection is about seduction. This involves tattooing, restriction and body conscious clothing
How old are you and where are you from? 
27, York
Why womenswear?
The female form is a fascinating and a beautiful thing.
How would you describe your style?
Excessive, yet with clean lines that always convey a sense of the female body that lies beneath.
Who are your favourite designers and why?
The two that I see as most influential have to be Marios Schwab, and Miuccia Prada . Marios is a great conceptual designer in London, every collection develops with the way he considers the female anatomy from fluid forms to structured pieces. Miuccia says everything, she never fails to produce glamour in an utterly unique way that's both modern and effortless. It’s pure genius.
What are your plans after graduation?
To continue with what I love the most, creating clothes for women.

Jung-Yoon Shin
My graduate collection was inspired by the concept of ambivalence. It’s about different feelings nestled in the same object.
How old are you and where are you from? 
26 years old, from Seoul, Korea
Why womenswear?
What I love most about womenswear is it has less boundaries then others.
How would you describe your style?
Contrasting.
Who are your favorite designers and why?
Karl Lagerfeld. He creates garments that are delicate and beautiful but very strong at the same time.
What are your plans after graduation?
Working in London.

Kirsty Emery

My graduate collection was inspired by an ecclectic mix of sources from Bianca Jagger and Halston in the days of Studio 54, to Rothko's painting No21 [Untitled], 1947, to Erwin Blumenfeld's 1950s fashion photography. Using these ingredients I have created a collection of sheer and dense knits with woven fabrics.
How old are you and where are you from? 
24, Northumberland, England.
Why womenswear?
I originally studied textiles knit at Chelsea College of Art and Design and wanted to develop my fashion knowledge. This was definitely one of the best decisions i have ever made as i have learnt more in the past 2 years than i could ever explain to you.
How would you describe your style?
Colourful, minimal, relaxed and light hearted.
Who are your favourite designers and why?
My favourite designers are Dries Van Noten for his use of colour, Celine for their reduced minimalism and Lanvin because its just beautiful. I also have many other favourite which seem to change on a daily basis!
What are your plans after graduation?
After graduation I hope to get a job as a knitwear designer in a luxury knitwear company and to continue learning about the industry.

Robert Huth
How old are you and where are you from? 
30, Germany
Why menswear?
I think menswear has developed a lot in the last few years. A lot of exciting designers have pushed it forward. I want to participate in that process. Tailoring and traditional menswear is also a great inspiration and offers a lot of things to discover. Somehow the elegance of traditional menswear fascinates me and I find it very important to keep that alive.
How would you describe your style?
Dark and sleek. I make clothes for men, who have a clear mind.
Who are your favourite designers and why?
I like Raf Simons a lot for his radical approach towards fashion. Lanvin on the other hand is amazing when it comes to details and fabrics.
What are your plans after graduation?
I worked on my own now for quite a while. It’s time to take a step forward. I would really love to work in a professional design team. In which city or country does not really make a difference to me. It would be great to see more of the world. We will see, where this leads to...

Alison Linton

My collection was inspired by the black and white photography of Francesca Woodman, Emmet Gowin and Sarah Moon. I was attracted to the surreal-ness of the photographs, the almost macabre feeling in them but also to the softness and innocence they portray. That juxtaposition between femininity and peculiarity, darkness and light was what I wanted to capture within my designs.
How old are you and where are you from? 
24, Ayrshire, in Scotland
Why womenswear?


I studied knitted textiles as my BA at Grays School of Art in Aberdeen and felt that the natural progression from my work there was to do an MA in womenswear knitwear. I knew it was my ambition to design knitwear for a luxury fashion label and therefore felt I needed to  build upon my textiles knowledge and obtain skills within garment design, construction and fashion illustration.
How would you describe your style?


Feminine, Ethereal, Textural and Romantic
Who are your favourite designers and why?
I love Azzedine Alaia for his contemporary use of interesting knitted textures. I am also fascinated by couture and the craft that goes into it - I would love to create elaborate knitted pieces for a couture house such as Givenchy or Chanel!  I don’t really feel I have particular favourite designers because I find such a wide variety of fashion design so interesting and inspiring that it is hard to single out individual ones as favourites!
What are your plans after graduation?
I plan to continue working on my own work for my portfolio alongside applying for knitwear design positions at luxury labels.

Tomislav Mostecak
My graduate collection is inspired by movies such as Suddenly Last Summer, cultish modernism, religion, James Dean and Catherine Deneuve as Yves Saint Laurent’s muse.
How old are you and where are you from? 
26, Croatia
Why menswear?
I find more challenge in menswear cause it is more restrictive in a sense of decoration of the body.
How would you describe your style?
Experimental in a sense of mixing tailoring with casual, reference to iconic garments, romantic.
Who are your favourite designers and why?
Prada because it’s always innovative but wearable, Thom Browne for his nice tailoring with twist, Raf Simons for the democratization of fashion and Junya Watanabe for his deconstructive approach to clothes.
What are your plans after graduation?
I would like to start my own label but would not say no to Thom Browne.

Astrid Andersen
I’m inspired by spanish matadors and american hip hop culture and the common references within a masculinity that portrays dominance and power through dressing.
How old are you and where are you from? 
25, Denmark
Why menswear?
I feel that there is more to explore within menswear. I think more exiting things are happening within mens fashion these days - there is room now to be powerdressing as a man and I love that! I like to make men feel powerfull and sexy because that is what ultimately turns me on I guess...
How would you describe your style?
My style has strong references to sportswear and street wear which I merge with an exploration into shapes and different materials. I ultimately would like to create a look that contains attitude and a luxurious feel.
Who are your favourite designers and why?
Bernard Wilhelm and Walter Van Beirendonck for their relaxed and humorous approach to fashion and Ricardo Tisci for his strong and sexy way of dressing relaxed, cool and sophisticated men today. 
What are your plans after graduation?
I am going to Italy for ITS#NINE in July so that will be the first plan after graduation (after a loong pissup celebration!) - but ultimately I would love to work with creative freedom within fashion - whether it be working for/with a label or making another collection on my own is not so important as long as I get to feel inspired by work and people around me.

Trine Jensen
My graduate collection is inspired by the idea of collectors. It is built upon detail, and the attention to it, that many enthusiasts have.
How old are you and where are you from? 
28, Denmark
Why menswear?
Because I love men.
How would you describe your style?
Bold, funny and colourful.
Who are your favourite designers and why?
Miuccia Prada.
What are your plans after graduation?
Right now I am just focusing on finishing my collection and I have avoided thinking too much about the future. Definitely wanna have fun.

Cecilie Bahnsen
My graduate collection is inspired by the super modern look of the 1920’s world exhibitions In Paris and its illusionary creation of the future. This is also combined with references to 1990’s and how I used to dress as a teenager.
How old are you and where are you from? 
26, Copenhagen, Denmark
Why womenswear?
It combines all my favourite design disciplines: textile, illustration and fashion.
How would you describe your style?
Young, feminine and cool.
Who are your favourite designers and why?
Acne Jeans because it’s wearable, beautiful, cool and new.
I also enjoy Miu Miu’s feminine and playful look.
What are your plans after graduation?
Going out and applying for jobs all over the world.

Caroline Pambakian
My graduate collection is inspired by pin curl waves, pleating and the Ancient Roman section of the British Museum.
How old are you and where are you from? 
24, London
Why womenswear (knitwear)?
For the adrenalin rush you get when you see people wearing your work.
How would you describe your style?
Chic, elegant and subtly sexy knitwear.
Who are your favourite designers and why?

Sophia Kokosalaki for her beautiful lines and Mark Fast because he changed all my preconcieved ideas about knitwear.
What are your plans after graduation?
Saying a fond farewell to the incredible staff and fellow students at the RCA (and the 14 gauge industrial knitting machine that I have spent the last three months with).  After that, the dream is to work as a knitwear designer for a luxury label.

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