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Lilia Yip is UK-based Singaporean educator/artist/designer/musician, threading the different strands into a creative practice that makes meaning with material. She balances the wearable, the surreal and the conceptual, subtly challenging pre-conceived notions of what fashion should be.

Lilia has a particular research interest in conceptual pattern cutting and how pattern cutting and its cultural ramificaitons, which are often part of a designer's tacit knowledge, can be made apparent within the design narrative.  Her work explores the merging of tradtional clothing forms with modern sensibilities, combining flat and form cutting techniques while also constructing spatial and temporal meanings in relations to body and identity.

Collaboration and communication is key, Lilia works in a multi-disciplinary manner, collaborating with designers, aritists, scientists, filmmakers and musicians to create work that extends the boundaries of conventional fashion representation.

Underpinning her research and work are the fundamental principles of sustainbility and ethical fashion. Lilia sources ethically, using sustainable and natural materials like organic cotton, bamboo, silks and wool, supporting local UK manufacturers and small businesses as much as possible.

In 2012, she was shortlisted as a finalist for the Ethical Fashion Forum SOURCE Awards, a competition that recognises talent in fashion design, combined with innovation in sustainability terms.

Lilia graduated from the Royal College of Art MA Fashion Womenswear and has collaborated with the British Council as their guest designer, showcasing work in the Philippines and running workshops in Saudi Arabia and Morocco. She has exhibited internationally in solo exhibitions and major group shows at Museum Boijmans van Beuningen and the Victoria & Albert museum.

Education/Academic qualification

Master, Royal College of Art

28 Sep 20066 Jun 2008

Bachelor, University of Edinburgh

23 Sep 20036 Jun 2006

Bachelor, National University of Singapore

1 Sep 19976 Jun 2000

External positions

External Examiner, Buckinghamshire New University

1 Oct 200830 Sep 2022


  • NK Decorative arts Applied arts Decoration and ornament
  • Fashion, Fashion Design, Fashion and Culture, Fashion and Identity, Pattern Cutting, Creative Pattern Cutting

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Research Output 2014 2019

Valuing Cut, exhibition at Futurescan 4 conference

Yip, L., 23 Jan 2019

Research output: Non-textual outputExhibitionResearch


Soul of Things (物の魂)

Yip, L., 13 Apr 2018

Research output: Non-textual outputExhibitionResearch

Open Access


Yip, L., 4 Jul 2015

Research output: Non-textual outputExhibitionResearch

Open Access
Synthetic Biology
Genetic Code


Yip, L., 10 Oct 2014

Research output: Non-textual outputExhibitionResearch