Scholarly biography and interests

Yip is a practicing fashion designer and artist, having set up her studio and own label in Brighton.

Her work focuses on fashion as a poetic form of communication, activism and collaboration, with an emphasis on conceptual cutting, alternative representation and innovative ethical practice.

She has worked with the British Council representing UK fashion and education in the Philippines where she showed a womenswear collection at the LOOK of Style Awards 2011, and Saudi Arabia running workshops on developing concept and research-led design.

Her Royal College of Art MA graduate collection was exhibited at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London in 2009 as part of their Future Fashion Now exhibition. In 2012, Yip was a shortlisted finalist for the Ethical Fashion Forum SOURCE Award.

She takes a humanistic approach to fashion and uses her practice as a way to design and build emotional connections between people and clothing through the use of socio-cultural narratives and interactive space.

Research and professional activity 

Repository holdings 

Number of items: 1.

Yip, Lilia (2014) Sing [Exhibition]

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Further activity 

2015 SQUIDCUT Collection (exhibition at Boutique Gallery, NAFA Singapore & ONCA Gallery, Brighton)

2014 The Future of Fashion is Now (group exhibition at Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, The Netherlands)

2012 MirrorMasque Collection (fashion presentation at Choeur, Raffles Hotel Arcade, Singapore)

2011 SING Collection (exhibition at Night and Day Gallery, Singapore) 


Ethical Fashion Forum SOURCE AWARDS 2012, finalist for fashion innovation.


“Lilia Yip is a Singaporean designer based in Brighton, UK. For her MirrorMasque collection she uses asymmetric abstract cuts and digital art combined with a thorough understanding of how to make fabric drape, flow and move with the body. She is a big supporter of local UK manufacturers, small business and uses only sustainable and natural materials like organic cotton, bamboo, silk and wool. Lilia was inspired by a surreal film by Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean about a girl who feels trapped in her life with a circus and longs to escape. The collection explores the relationship between masks, freedom and hair.” 

(Vanessa Weste, Trendland, 24 Aug 2012)

“With surreal detailing, the Lilia Yip 'MirrorMasque' Collection is one of contrasting motifs.

"The stunning offerings of the Brighton-based designer are eclectic in their subtly strange accents. These include shiny leather gloves, white swim caps and accessories that use materials such as hair.

"Inspired by surrealism, the collection is a varied array of symmetrical cuts and contrasting silhouettes made up of airy fabrics. With cut-outs, paneling and sleek leather, MirrorMasque is truly forward-thinking in its use fabrics and tailoring. Sheer detailing and the shining luster of each garment is done in a palette of creamy white and baby blue. A standout piece is the hair necklace that pushes boundaries in terms of acceptable materials. The avant-garde quality of this collection is sure to put burgeoning Lilia Yip at the forefront of cutting-edge design." 

(Alexandra Serrano, Trendhunter, 28 August 2012)

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