Belgrade-born Roksanda Ilincic is a fashion designer based in London. During the early 90s, Ilincic studied at the University of Architecture in Belgrade, a discipline that is reflected in her subsequent design work, with evident play on volume and proportion. In 2002, two years after her graduation from MA Womenswear at Central St. Martins, she launched her eponymous label, making her catwalk debut as part of London Fashion Week in 2005 having won sponsorship from the Topshop New Generation scheme. She subsequently gained sponsorship a further two times under this initiative and in 2006 was nominated for the British Fashion Council’s New Designer award. For the past two seasons, Ilincic has been a recipient of the British Fashion Council’s Fashion Forward award. Ilincic is famed for her romantic and avant-garde fashion sensibility and uses only a small number of idiosyncratic materials when creating her architectural dresses: satin, silk, ribbon and handmade roses. Ilincic has eschewed conventional methods of presenting her collections, opting instead to stage salon-style shows in offbeat contexts. In a significant shift for S/S 2009, Ilincic held her first formal runway show in a gallery space as part of London Fashion Week and also launched a collaboration with footwear designer Alejandro Ingellmo. Ilincic’s designs are stocked internationally, in outlets such as Net-a-Porter, Browns, Harvey Nichols and Matches. Ilincic has exhibited work in her native Belgrade as part of the Applied Arts Biennale in Yugoslavia where she was awarded a special prize, also winning first prize in the Smirnoff Fashion Awards. In 2008 she presented her collection as part of the prestigious Victoria & Albert Museum’s Fashion in Motion program.
I have many women on my mind when I'm designing. No one woman in particular. All the strong women.