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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.
Master, Royal College of Art
28 Sep 2006 → 6 Jun 2008
Bachelor, University of Edinburgh
23 Sep 2003 → 6 Jun 2006
Bachelor, National University of Singapore
1 Sep 1997 → 6 Jun 2000
External Examiner, Buckinghamshire New University1 Oct 2008 → 30 Sep 2022
- NK Decorative arts Applied arts Decoration and ornament
- Fashion, Fashion Design, Fashion and Culture, Fashion and Identity, Pattern Cutting, Creative Pattern Cutting