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E Wha Lim

MA work

La Religieuse

This project is about Catholicism, nuns, obedience, rules and rebelliousness. It’s rebelling against traditions without losing the true meaning of a religious attitude. It is about the ideal modern Catholic nun and her provocative alter ego. I want my collection to show that what you wear does not have to change the true meaning of the beliefs of religion just to please society. I want to show respect to tradition through the eyes and interpretation of a young modern girl.

My girl is one who struggles with the part of her that wants and feels the need to believe in religion, yet has opposing desires. She is still innocent and naïve, but has a strong idea of what she wants. She has just learned to appreciate the finer things in life, like history of art, namely from the Renaissance period. She is a romantic; she loves rich tales and traditional cities like Florence. Her interests stem from her travels to religious cities, and reading up on the influence of Christianity in art. She has a lot of conflicting thoughts on the principles and beliefs of Christianity. This is the journey of a girl trying to break free from the rules and expectations of religion and society.


  • MA Degree


    School of Design


    MA Fashion Womenswear, 2015



  • Degrees

  • BA Fashion Knitwear, Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design, 2013
  • Experience

  • Internship: assistant embroidery designer, Alexander McQueen, London, 2012; Internship: assistant knitwear designer, Topshop Unique, London, 2012; Internship: assistant fashion department, Dazed and Confused Magazine, London, 2011; Internship: assistant knitwear designer, Shao Yen Chen, London, 2011
  • Exhibitions

  • Dyloan Studio Project 'Moda Futuribile', Pitti Filati, Florence, January 2015; Feel the Yarn, Pitti Filati, Florence, July 2014; Friday Late: Rules of Adornment, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, November 2013
  • Awards

  • First Prize, Emerging Designer of the Year (Fashion), International Design Awards, 2013
  • Publications

  • Nhu Xuan Hua, 'PRESERVED', REVS Magazine, 14, 2015, p78–86; Sandy Maclennan, 'Knitwear Forecast', Textile View Magazine, 108, 2014, p248–257; Nhu Xuan Hua, 'Play the Yarn', NASTY Magazine, 04, 2014; Patricia Villirillo, 'Photo-synthesis', PHOENIX Magazine, 2013