Journeys, Experiences and Identities
It feels more important than ever, even urgent, to let innovation inform and lead global, joined-up decision-making, so what an uplifting joy to explore the intense creativity and curiosity of the RCA class of 2020 Graduates.
This platform with all of its thoughtful and intelligent ideas, content and digital links, gives us an intimate way to explore the works, experiences and personalities of so many remarkable creatives. A chance in a life-time to look over the shoulders of the RCA’s designers, artists, creators, entrepreneurs and design thinkers.
And never was there a more poignant and significant time to be authentic, true-to-self, and to find ways to express our own personal journeys, experiences and identities. The extraordinary work speaks for itself. The statements are often as powerful and thought provoking as the works themselves, covering so many aspects of our lives. They often force us to look anew at the world we all inhabit and engage with – or don’t engage with enough…or never even considered.
The sheer motivation and determination needed to creatively think through these last months is both exceptional and inspiring.
The GenerationRCA graduates – what a privilege to meet you all!
Former Burberry President and Chief Creative Officer Christopher Bailey helped to transform the British trench coat maker into one of the most widely known luxury fashion houses in the world. Bailey joined Burberry in 2001 as Design Director and in 2009, he was appointed as the company's Chief Creative Officer overseeing all elements of the brand and design. In 2014, his role was expanded to a dual position to include Chief Executive, a title he held until July 2017 where revenues reached over £2.7 billion. Bailey stepped down from his responsibilities at Burberry in 2018.
Prior to Burberry, Bailey worked as Womenswear Designer at Donna Karan in New York before moving to Gucci as the Senior Designer of Womenswear under Tom Ford.
Bailey graduated from the Royal College of Art with a Fashion Womenswear MA in 1994.
In 2013 Bailey was awarded an honorary fellowship from the RCA. He also holds honorary doctorates from the University of Westminster, the University of Huddersfield and Sheffield Hallam University.