A Look Inside RCA’s Fashion Class Of 2020.
Image credit: Tianan Ding. Music by: ChrisToFerr – Pink.
As we know, COVID-19 has thrown a curveball in the works of fashion students internationally. We caught up with 4 stand-out designers from the Royal College of Arts class of 2020 to find out a bit more about them and how they’ve adapted to lockdown.
First up, Peter Donghun Han designed his collection with shared voices in mind, inspired by his surroundings and the process of his personal growth. “
I wanted this to be a collection of voices about this new global phenomenon of floating identities” he said. Donghan Han aimed to contrast the immediacy of Instagram, where the focus is on grabbing attention within seconds for a like.
The next designer is Veronica Chen who flew home to Beijing to complete her collection.
Without access to machinery and professional models Chen roped in her friends for fittings and photographed the collection herself. Her work aims to use her own voice on masculinity as a woman. “I want to create garments that communicate either sexual desire, emotional flows or vulnerability” she said. Chen puts her unique perspective down to her multicultural upbringing.
The third designer we are spotlighting is Tianan Ding who was born in China and grew up surrounded by hip-hop culture.
Through her designs she looks at the merge of classes, cultures and tastes where “streetwear becomes the new luxury”. The jackets in her collection are all made from disposable, dissolvable material, including kitchen towels & toilet paper.
“They embody my intention to dissolve value, to make nothing into something, or take nothing and make something of it,” she said.
Our fourth and final designer is Marie Isacsson whose early work ended up getting stuck in the RCA building when it closed due to COVID-19.
This forced Isacsson to rethink her collection and it became solely digital. “I’m fascinated by the interaction between the real and fantasy life,” said Isacsson. Her collection represents the connection between the player and the avatar and shows the (two) extremes of one’s identity.
So guys which of this year’s graduates stood out to you? Drop their @ below!
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