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September 1 2014

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School’s Out At The Royal College Of Art

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Last night’s Royal College of Art gala brought out famous designers like Alexander McQueen’s Sarah Burton, Nina Ricci’s Peter Copping, and Philip Treacy to gather and take in the work of the graduating M.A. course. Critics like Suzy Menkes and Hilary Alexander did their best to scrutinize looks and take notes, but the festive mood—end-of-term euphoria, plus a heady dose of Jubilee excitement—and almighty whoops rising from boisterous student tables made that a bit difficult. “Oh well, let them enjoy,” said Lucia van der Post, The Financial Times‘ “How to Spend It” columnist. “School’s out for summer, after all.”

Still, plenty saw promise in the graduating class. “We’re always excited to see how each young designer demonstrates the creative possibility of crystal in design,” said Nadja Swarovski, the evening’s benefactress, who donates crystal to students for their collections and bestows an annual award, this year to womenswear M.A. graduate Trine Hav Christennsen. “This year was no exception—the students took it to an entirely different level.” “I thought the menswear presentation was particularly strong,” added Erdem Moralioglu. “Alexander James was outstanding and I am sure he is going to be very well known, very soon.”

Photo: Dan Kitwood / Getty Images

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  1. DebyGoldsmith says:

    I saw the RCA show and loved Ryan Mercer’s work, thanks for sharing this beautiful photo of his work.

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