The students from the School of Design at the Royal College of Art in London recently showcased some of their current developments during the Work in Progress show, which took place at the Kensington Campus.
The College has two separate knit courses: knitted textiles, a specialism of the Textiles MA, and knitwear, part of the Fashion MA. Traditionally, the knitted textiles students would develop fabrics for either fashion or interiors, whilst the knitwear students would focus on shapes and silhouettes rather than stitch structures.
Some of the students at the Royal College don’t come from a traditional knit background, and because of this their vision of what knitwear should be about is very fresh, innovative, fearless and not constrained by some of those boundaries that most very experienced people in this field have.
Holly Ross’ work explores the relationship between structure and embellishment within knitted textiles. As an innovative material thinker who works organically to exploit materials, Holly is working to challenge ideas of structure and embellishment.
The designer has a very experimental approach to materials, which allows her to distort and reinvent conventional knit fabrics into organic, three dimensional structures.
Inspired by the optical effects of prisms, Holly is developing knitted textile accessories and body pieces which encapsulate the notion of refraction, reflection and distortion. Through exploring ideas around embellishment, traditional connotations of knit and softness are challenged to realise a more sculptural approach.