New Wave: Royal College of Art MA Fashion 2014

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May and June have seen a slew of graduating fashion shows and I couldn’t be happier about it. Yes, the chance to watch young designers explore their artistic visions using high-tech practices and the help of industry leaders is always a delight. But when the designers are from one of the world’s most renowned fashion programs, led by a super influential professor, the resulting collections are many many cuts above your average fashion & textiles grad show. This year marked the departure of Professor Wendy Dagworthy OBE, who’s been the head of Royal College of Art’s Fashion MA program since 1998. During that time, she’s been a mentor to designers like Erdem, Burberry’s Christopher Bailey, and Chloé’s Clare Waight Keller. No big deal. Her impact can be seen throughout the 30 menswear and womenswear collections: fabric manipulation, avant-garde silhouettes, and playing with gender norms. I picked a few of my favourite womenswear collections, and you can check them out after the jump. Click here for a full slideshow of all the look from the collections.

Ge BaiGeBai

Janni VepsalainenJanni Vepsalainen

Ida Gro ChristiansenIda Gro Christiansen

Caitlin Charles-JonesCaitlin Charles-Jones

Janni TurtiainenJanni Turtiainen

Katherine Roberts WoodKatherine RobertsWood

Marta JakubowskiMarta Jakubowski

All images via vogue.co.uk

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