The recent Work in Progress exhibition at the RCA in January revealed samples of work from all of the current postgraduate fashion and textiles students in an exciting and inspiring show. In this second post, ARTS THREAD chooses some highlights from the fashion menswear students.
The menswear element of the exhibition was very strong, creating an energising, optimistic view of the future of men’s fashion. Dramatic statements and a general air of exuberance emerged strongly as an overall trend.
Alex Mullins’s exhibit drew lots of attention. His flamboyant jacket featured exaggerated sleeves, a hood supported by a wire structure and extravagant applied textile embellishment. Denim-backed floral patterned appliqué was interspersed with tufts of multi-coloured fur to create a show-stopping highlight.
Benedicte Holmboe’s beautiful coat in subtle earthy tones, featured lavish textures. Wool, random rugged knit panels, fur and other materials fused together to create a wonderful, opulent surface for this covetable piece.
Another final year menswear student, Thomas Crisp revealed a distinctive approach to his craft, mixing digital print with hand painted details to create his bespoke, bohemian look.
First year menswear student Fiongal Greenlaw’s textured wool coat with beautiful contrasting folkloric embroidery also stood out. We predict a queue of potential buyers from both sexes for this particular sample.
Finally, first year menswear student Lucie Vincini also caught the eye with her fun, bright, embellished separates referencing the tabloid press.
Look out for a final post on textile highlights from the exhibition coming soon.
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