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Elise Gettliffe, Melting

Elise Gettliffe is a French fashion designer, who graduated from the Antwerp Fashion Academy in 2009. She is a master of texture and line, whose garments reference a strong personal exploration of illustration and graphic design. For her graduate collection, Elise created a contemporary street wardrobe of gangland-inspired menswear - a story of heavy individually woven textiles mixed with heavy shirting, knitwear and denim. She has been inspired by american artist Cristina Lei Rodriguez, who creates organic, layered, sculptures. Elise has woven the fabrics for the collection herself in Tilburg, Holland, creating a bold statement of tweeds and spots that drip and melt into different colours. The styles include full jumpsuits with western piped detailing, knits in sportswear shapes, overalls, and short-sleeved dress shirts, accessorised with sneakers and matching fanny packs. Elise was recently awarded the the i-D magazine styling award in the its#fashion category at Trieste this year. For RA, Elise presented our first fashion installation after opening, on October 24th 2009.  Elise Gettliffe launched her graduate collection at RA with a hand-painted 'melting' black-and-white mural and a screen-printed t-shirt collection accompanying her chunky woven menswear.    

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