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.
Ellis Jaz is a very accomplished knitter who works mainly on hand flat machines. Her passion and knowledge of knitwear is clearly reflected on her use of intricate, hand manipulated structures where she combines stretchy yarns with strips of leather and fur.
“This work places an empowerment upon one’s right to desire,” said Ellis. “Through an obsessive and insistent dedication to craft the garments are created as romantic gifts of devotion.” For the work in progress show, the designer presented a collection of exquisitely crafted underwear pieces and garments.