The Royal College of Art signalled the start of the student fashion
season yesterday with its annual graduate fashion show. Thirty-five
postgraduates got their chance to showcase their final collections
which culminated in a eye-popping and imaginative catwalk presentation
incorporating every fabric and form of material you can think of.
The futuristic theme ran distinctly through every collection with students predicting that one day we may be forced to
use other materials such as rubber and plastic to clothe ourselves.
See after the jump for more catwalk images
Pixelated colours were the concept behind Peter Smith’s patchwork collection constructed mostly of parachute material. Individual items consisted of baggy sportswear, hoods and jumpsuits
resembling bight orange chemical suits. Hai Yan Wang’s collection (right) took
an opposite approach with sharp tailoring infused with an alternative
Victorian world like something out of The League of Extrodinary Gentlemen. My favourite piece has to be the white contemporary coat tails.
Much of the shows symbolised the strength of masculinity via exaggerated shoulders. Some collections featured footballer-style
shoulder protection and body armour. Hwan Heo’s collection centred around this
concept using leather, zips and combat boots. The craftsmanship of his
one-piece leather jumpsuit (above, left) was definitely worth the wait. Hans Christian Madsen (right) took streetwear to a whole new level with his
knitwear for men. He employed experimental knit in different shades of
grey to fuse everyday clothes with new and imaginative pieces.
If you’re looking for a place to view real experimental design then
you can’t go any further than the RCA annual fashion show. A true