11 June 2009

Future Fashion Now features Lilia Yip

Woven bamboo dress
Model: Coline Henault, Photo taken by Lilia Yip

Singaporean Lilia Yip, is among the 27 fashion designers selected to exhibit at the prestigious Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

The Victoria and Albert (V&A) museum, established in 1852, is the world’s greatest museum of design and decorative arts. Entitled Future Fashion Now, this eight month exhibition features highlights from the Royal College of Art (RCA) fashion MA graduates' final collections and reveals aspects of the design process. The exhibition runs from 23 May 2009 to 31 January 2010.100% woven bamboo dress with red bamboo silk insert and organic cotton rib

Lilia arrived in the United Kingdom in 2003 to begin a BA(Hons) fashion course at the Edinburgh College of Art. In 2008, she graduated from the Royal College of Art in London with an MA in fashion womenswear.

Her path to the creative arts has been an unusual one. Lilia graduated from the National University of Singapore with a BA in business administration. Her interest in fashion and music led her to enroll in an evening fashion course at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) and start her own local band Morphy. The band released their debut album Pink Ashes in 2005 and performed at the Esplanade in 2006. Her growing interest and success in fashion finally led her to pursue her creative dreams abroad.

Not forgetting her Singaporean roots, she still keeps in contact with her tutor at NAFA and records music with fellow Singaporean musicians via the internet, her most recent performance was at the Arts House.
Her latest fashion collection has been taken by a gallery boutique in Hong Kong Central and she is currently working on a new collection to be exhibited internationally. She is currently based in Brighton, UK.
100% bamboo jersey with quilted belt and red bamboo silk binding

Lilia says:
"I feel very lucky to have been given these opportunities. It is hard work but I enjoy the process and it is satisfying to make beautiful things or music that people can fall in love with and appreciate."

Text by Lilia Yip