RCA Fashion 2013 collection
by Xiao Li


Plump pastel silicone garments moulded from knitwear feature in this collection by Royal College of Art graduate Xiao Li.

RCA Fashion Show 2013 Xiao Li

The marshmallow-coloured range features silhouettes exaggerated with puffed-up skirts and sleeves that billow from midway down the upper arm.

RCA Fashion Show 2013 Xiao Li

"Traditional knitwear is more soft and shapeless," Li told Dezeen. "I wanted to find out a new way to present knitwear and was influenced by Modern architecture and 60s Balenciaga."

RCA Fashion Show 2013 Xiao Li

The voluminous pieces are made from spacer fabric, which combines two layers of textiles connected by filaments and holds its shape while still appearing lightweight.

RCA Fashion Show 2013 Xiao Li

Li used her own knitting samples to create moulds to produced patterned silicone material used entirely for a jacket and skirt, and as hems or accessories for genuine knitted items. "I wanted to make sure my collection is innovative but still wearable," she said.

RCA Fashion Show 2013 Xiao Li

She swapped the fluorescent colours of her earlier work for more muted shades, affiliating lilac, peach, mint green and pale yellow.

RCA Fashion Show 2013 Xiao Li

"All the materials came in white and I dyed them by myself to match the colour," said Li.

RCA Fashion Show 2013 Xiao Li

Her collection was shown at the Royal College of Art fashion show last week, where Maiko Takeda presented headdresses covered in hundreds of colourful bristles.

RCA Fashion Show 2013 Xiao Li

At the Westminster graduate fashion show Philli Wood revealed giant cable knit patterns printed onto oversized outerwear.

RCA Fashion Show 2013 Xiao Li

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  • Antoinette

    Please can we have more information on those transparent shoes!

  • jacude

    I call bulls*** on this, and fashion “design” in general. Fashion and design are contradictory per se!

  • željko

    Too many Balenciaga/Nicolas Ghesquière references.

  • renu s renu

    It’s very informative and stylish.

  • admin0102031

    Brilliant! What is remarkable, is that she has managed to capture the essence of Renaissance costume. Not only the language, form and style, but the very perception of clothing as a ‘mega-personality’, the grand-self, something existential, organic, bound to wearer on a molecular level. In short, I am totally bewildered – how, why Chinese, why Renaissance!?

  • Majken Hammer

    Where can I buy the transparent shoes?

    • Nastja

      You can find them on Camden Market. I’m not sure whether these are actually made by Xiao Li, or whether they are just the styling.

  • v.h

    @jacude I’m sure everything you wear is based on the commodity of commercial fashion, at least this can be seen as art.