Lilia Yip is a fashion academic / designer maker and musician, threading the different strands into a creative practice where conceptual pattern cutting, imagery, text, sound and a thorough understanding of material and drape are combined to build a subtle form of communication. Adopting a humanistic approach to design, she creates work that exists on the boundaries between our cultures, identities, philosophies and bodies; where the wearable, the surreal, the imaginative and mundane meet. She has experience collaborating 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. As a senior lecturer, Lilia has previously worked with the University of Brighton and as an external examiner for the Amsterdam Fashion Academy.
Lilia sees her creative process as a continuous energetic exchange with people and as such collaboration and open communication are fundamental to this process. She enjoys working closely with artists, designers, musicians, filmmakers and scientists, creating new ways of making, representing and consuming fashion. The principles of ethical and sustainable practice underpin her design process. Longevity, provenance, emotional connectivity and zero waste are key concepts that she continues to explore and develop from design through to representation. She values audience interaction and community engagement, and enjoys designing exhibition spaces, experiences and events with the presentation of each new body of work.
Lilia has joined LCF as one of the College's new academic posts from the Academic Development Fund, set up in response to student feedback.
Why did you decide to join LCF?
LCF offers new challenges and opportunities for me to learn, grow and meet people.
You have joined as part of the Academic Development Fund - what are your thoughts on the fund and its opportunities?
I hope that the injection of funding will bring in people with fresh energies and ideas about how to take LCF forward as we consider new ways of working more collaboratively, anticipating the move to Stratford.
What can students expect from your course?
Students can expect an open, holistic and exciting learning environment within which to learn the skills and knowledge needed to work in the fashion industry. They will uncover their own design identities and build diverse relationships that will prepare them for negotiating real-world complexities.
What advice would you give to students wanting to study your course?
Prepare a good portfolio with visual research, experimentation and drawing, demonstrating basic material knowledge, fashion design awareness and the ability to communicate your design/thought process.