Royal College of Art graduate Xiao Li interned at Central Saint Martins College of Art Innovation Fashion Lab, Gareth Pugh Studio and Alexander McQueen, was a finalist at International Talent Support 2013, won the Feel the Yarn Competition in 2012 and was a runner up at Creative Sky Competition in 2010.
Her graduate collection at RCA features plump pastel silicone garments moulded from knitwear. The marshmallow-coloured range features silhouettes exaggerated with puffed-up skirts and sleeves that billow from midway down the upper arm.
“Traditional knitwear is more soft and shapeless,” says Li. “I wanted to find out a new way to present knitwear and was influenced by modern architecture and 60s Balenciaga.”
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.
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.
She swapped the fluorescent colours of her earlier work for more muted shades, affiliating lilac, peach, mint green and pale yellow. ”All the materials came in white and I dyed them by myself to match the colour,” said Li.
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Xiao Li graduate collection at Royal College of Art