The September Issues

photographed by MARY ROZZI in london on june 28, 2017
styling VICTORIA ADCOCK

Zowie Broachco-founder of the avant-garde fashion label Boudicca and head of fashion at the Royal College of Art—has worked for over 20 years to usher in a new era of raw, collaborative, and experimental fashion. In 1997, Broach co-founded Boudicca with her partner Brian Kirby, which has remained defiantly self-funded, and outside of the mainstream. The pair’s work, which blurs the lines between fashion and art, has been displayed at the Art Institute of Chicago, London Fashion Week, the Victoria and Albert Museum, and is one of the only labels to ever show at Chambre Syndicale de la Haute. Broach has taught at Parsons, University of Westminster, SIAC in Chicago, Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem, and from 2009-2011 was the appointed designer in residence at London College of Fashion. As the head of fashion at RCA, Broach emphasizes the importance of intellectual and artistic experimentation. Broach’s approach to design informs her work as an educator: high fashion is the sharp aesthetic of self-understanding; it can be used to question, start conversations, and break boundaries.

pioneer artwork by ZOWIE BROACH featured in issue 0