RCA DEBUTS 46 NEWEST FASHION GRADUATES AT GRAD FASHION SHOW
As previous Head of Fashion at the Royal College of Art, Wendy Dagworthy has sculpted some of modern fashion's most influential designers; see Stella McCartney and Giles Deacon. The 2015 Grad Fashion Show, however, showcased the designs of the school's 46 most recent MA grads under their newest Head, Zowie Broach.
Zowie didn't waste any time playing things safe with this year's show, upping the ante from conventional, linear catwalks to a more immersive choreographed show. Models danced contemporary routines to the mixed beats of A$AP Rocky, J Dilla, and The xx.
The opening showroom was no exception to the entertainment. Shoes and accessories decorated the opening hall, including a pair of Swarovski crystal-clad ankle boots. Guests included VIPs Charles Delevingne, Nick Cave, Zaha Hadid, and the Countess of Derby—all keen to witness the originality of this year's designers.
Fengyi Tan was representing MA Fashion Womenswear and received applause for her form-fitting silhouettes and geometric headdresses. MA Fashion Womenswear Knit also saw some crowd favourites; Lucinda Popp's oversized, baggy-chic coats and jumpers almost had everyone dismissing their excitement for their summer beach vacays.
Perhaps the most eccentric line to walk the runway this year was Nan Yi's. Models sported phallic garments and other eye-catching patterns sewn onto inflatables. Other designers took advantage of experimenting with recyclable fabrics, a more humbling approach to their high fashion designs.
The bar has been set for Ms. Broach's future fashion students, and it'll take some exceptional risk-taking to beat—all the more reason to look forward to next year's show.
Words by Victoria Kamila for Sunday Blessed