LONDON – WWD highlights six Royal High School of Art MA’s graduate fashion collection, which will be available for everyone to see on campus’s new digital platform, RCA2020, starting Thursday.
Mei Sze Tsang
The collection of male students, Mei Sze Tsang, “Brickman” aims to solve some real-life problems. He got the idea one day when a bricklayer sat next to him on the bus. They started chatting, eventually became friends, and he then began to do research with a team of masons at a construction site in West London. Tsang observed their movements during work, and identified deficiencies in existing work clothes. The result is a collection of lightweight but durable protective equipment that is based on reality and reflects what the future of construction workers will look like.
Marie Isaacson, another male clothing student, explored “online alter egos and how people represent themselves in the real world compared to the virtual world,” with a focus on the game. This project is about the relationship players have with their avatars in big games, multionline, role playing, where thousands of people spend different times, and the events they experience in this game. The design aims to understand and represent the relationship between players and avatars.
With stunning 3-D animation, female clothing design student Marcela Baltarete draws inspiration from their own experiences with gender dysphoria, depression and chronic illness for their graduate collections. “I would describe my work as at the crossroads of transhumanism and postgenderism,” they said. “Being aware of all the limitations of my body makes me want to create a digital self variation in a world where I can visualize myself in a way that is not too limited, and becomes. I have treated this project as a way of working therapy, in which I let my instincts lead in the direction in which I will be followed by an analysis of my choices. “
Tianan Ding is a design student, and a musician. The ALA logo, which is commonly seen throughout the collection, is also the music label. He has been greatly influenced by hip-hop music and streetwear culture since he was a child, but doesn’t like how luxury brands make use of the market. The graduate collection, “Revalue,” is a critique of the current status of streetwear as a luxury item. He reversed the value of clothing, using hand-painted kitchen towels as cloth, and leather and cashmere as a coating. “My pursuit is affordable coolness, I want to encourage authentic streetwear users, people who can’t afford designer clothes,” he said.
Ellen Fowles explores inclusive design with the collections of her graduates. He makes capsules for his grandmother, Marian Fowles, who now spends most of her time at home, or in the hospital as a clinical outpatient. “My intention is to give him clothes that will give him the freedom to live as he wishes, rather than fight the constraints of his medical clothing,” he said. “I use sportswear techniques, such as the construction of kinetic clothing and ergonomic pattern cuts, to improve functionality. The ability to engage users, and those who interact frequently with them, such as caregivers and physiotherapists, will enable me to meet a more diverse market, and … practice inclusive design. “
Sister Christine Hejselbæk
Søs women’s clothing student Christine Hejselbæk has studied the theory of proxemics, the study of human interaction in space, for her postgraduate work. “I focus on designing the waste stream,” he said. “This project consists of photosynthesis, a 3-D body-architecture mold that converts CO2 in the atmosphere into oxygen.” Through 3-D modeling, bodybuilding capture and 3-D animation, he has created a potentially design made from robotic extracted biodegradable material derived from corn flour and infused with Spirulina algae.
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