Ragna Bjarnadóttir is a recent BA graduate in fashion design from the Icelandic Academy of the Arts. Her final project is called Monolith – Architecturing a new modernity.


The collection is inspired by the way women will dress in the future.

I thought of a muse, an almost alien-like woman, who controls a space station far far away from Earth. I watched a lot of sixties futuristic space movies and researched space age silhouettes, Japanese fashion from the eighties, artwork from Lucy McRae and Tara Donovan and the minimalistic photography of Akos Major.


The patterns and silhouettes are straight and structured but with unexpected details and cuts, which came from my love of origami.


I wanted the fabrics to have technical and digital textures and look synthetic. I had a leather factory in the north of Iceland make silver leather for me and had digitally printed fabric with my own print made, inspired by artwork that I later found out was itself inspired by the monolith from 2001: A Space Odyssey, one of my favourite future movies.


The pink colour that dominates the colour story came unexpectedly through some experiments. I’ve never liked pink much and think it’s way too gendered. I however really enjoyed working with it in a new setting and making it strong, sharp and edgy and never feminine or vulnerable.




This is our second edition of our yearly round-up of final projects by brand new designers graduating from the Iceland Academy of the Arts.


Images by Aníta Eldjárn