After watching the runway show put together by London's Royal College of Art (RCA) on 31 May 2012 to showcase the work of the college's new Fashion graduates, the audience of fashion journalists and key industry contacts agreed that the college deserves its reputation as a well-structured and demanding creative institution that provides students with highly-regarded professional skills. With four shows organised in the space of two days, students and staff surely showed no signs of concern or exhaustion.
On the one hand, this would be almost expected as these are already accomplished and talented graduates who have completed undergraduate courses from fashion schools all over the world and, in most cases, have spent years honing their skills with established designers. On the other hand, even with the highest expectations from the audience, these young graduates rose to the occasion with outstanding collections that confirmed, once more, that the RCA is a major player in the global fashion industry.
The college's fashion programme, founded in 1948 by former Vogue editor Madge Garland and now led by Professor Wendy Dagworthy, has provided postgraduate education to many designers who have gone on to set up their own labels and win numerous industry awards, such as Astrid Andersen, Christopher Bailey, Neil Barrett, Eudon Choi, Lou Dalton, Katie Eary, Erdem, Holly Fulton, James Long, Julien Macdonald, Matthew Miller, Christopher Raeburn, Heikki Salonen, and Philip Treacy.
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Photograph courtesy of RCA/Dominic Tschudin