Monday, 21 June 2010


20 JUNE 2010

RCA MA Review: Hanna ter Meulen.

Regular readers may have noticed that although I was unabashed in expressing how keen I was for the RCA MA show, I never actually reported anything on the grads and their work. The reason? Due to a conflict in engagements, I never got the chance to attend the show.

Thankfully, the grad whose work I was particularly itching to pore over was kind enough to permit me visit her space in the RCA menswear studio over the weekend to discuss vintage Versace, Armani, Bowie, American Psycho, and why it all matters.

Hanna ter Meulen is of that v. rare breed of designer - passionate about her work yet not dogmatic, confident in her ability but not in the least egotistical, astute but in no way aloof. And it's getting her and her work noticed. Having just emerged from the rigorous MA course, Meulen now turns her attention to the brief for the Internationl Talent Support competition, for which she's qualified as a finalist. With renowned romantic design duo Viktor & Rolf at the helm of the judging panel, ter Meulen is hard at work for the competition looks (to be presented in Trieste in mid-July) when I meet her.

All tousled chestnut locks and swathed in blackest of black, I'm not surprised when she tells me she previously worked as Studio Manager for Ann-Sofie Back. From Holland, but based in London a few years now, ter Meulen completed a BA in her native country before embarking on the MA course. When faced with the challenge of fashioning a concept for her final student collection, she turned to the easy suiting approach pioneered by Armani in the 80s for inspiration regarding silhouette and then set about adding in to the mix every complex fabric manipulation known to man. ...... click here to read more