RCA graduates in Harvey Nichols windows

London department store Harvey Nichols has unveiled window displays created by two Royal College of Art graduates, to coincide with London Fashion Week.

The seven displays – called Futuristic Flowers – were created by Taiwanese designer Hsiao-Chi Tsai, who graduated from RCA Constructed Textiles course last year; and Japanese artist Kimiya Yoshikawa, who graduated from the RCA Sculpture course.

Below is a description of the project provided by the Royal College of Art:

Harvey Nichols store in Knightsbridge has commissioned two recent Royal College of Art graduates, Hsiao-Chi Tsai and Kimiya Yoshikawa to create seven site-specific sculptural installations for its window display during London Fashion Week.

Both artists use inexpensive materials, but innovatively transform them into extraordinary creations. Tsai uses a unique 3D foam cutting technique to create individual organic, plant-like structures, together with intricate and colourful large-scale floral shapes. In extreme to the bold scale of the main installation, Tsai also produces small-scale pieces for the mannequins to wear as fashion accessories.

Yoshikawa’s contribution to the installation involved inventing an unusual balloon stretching technique. The balloons appear to have a blown glass quality which in multiple amounts creates a sharp contrast to the matt surfaces of the foam in the installation.

Futuristic Flowers is on display throughout London Fashion Week and until 22 March at Harvey Nichols, Knightsbridge, London.

Hsiao-Chi Tsai was born in Hsin-Chu City, Taiwan in 1981. She graduated from RCA Constructed Textiles in 2006 and has previously been commissioned by Kew Gardens and the South Bank Centre.

Kimiya Yoshikawa was born in Tokoname City, Japan in 1980.He graduated from the RCA Sculpture course in 2006. His work has been exhibited in Japan and Elspeth Kyle Gallery, London.

You can contact Tsai and Yoshikawa by emailing [email protected].

Photos shown here are by Ryosuke Kawana.

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