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Olivia Rubens
Fashion Design Technology Womenswear MA

London College of Fashion UAL

Specialisms: Womenswear / Textiles - Knit / Sustainable Fashion/Textiles

Location: Ottawa, Canada

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Olivia Rubens

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First Name: Olivia

Last Name: Rubens

Specialisms: Womenswear / Textiles - Knit / Sustainable Fashion/Textiles

Sectors: Fashion/Textiles/Accessories / Fashion/Textiles/Accessories / Fashion/Textiles/Accessories

My Location: Ottawa, Canada

University / College: London College of Fashion UAL

Course / Program Title: Fashion Design Technology Womenswear MA


Olivia Rubens is a positive knitwear womenswear designer based between the UK and Canada. Olivia Rubens stands for every womxn who has battled their way to honouring themselves to the Nth degree. Meant to poke at human nature, Olivia Rubens’s work can often solicit the raising of an eyebrow, and is meant to be playfully thought-provoking, often through dark humour, nurturing impactful conversations about human behaviour. This is how Rubens also approaches her initiatives in social justice, working to help womxn, children and community in both Canada and in England. Olivia Rubens’s work is also ingrained within environmental sustainability. She collaborates constantly, and continually invests in research and innovation, working to link novel developments in bio design within her design practice, with a goal to design positive impacts for the planet and people. Rubens obtained her BA in Fashion Design from Ryerson University in 2015, worked within industry in Canada until 2018, when she moved to London to pursue her MA in Womenswear at the London College of Fashion, which she obtained in earlier 2020, showing at the Camden Roundhouse for AW20 at London Fashion Week. She is now a finalist in the ITS 2020 competition, is showing one look digitally and physically with Helsinki Fashion Week, including a climate positive, photosynthesizing garment, and has most recently been featured in Vogue Greece and Elle Canada.

Duplicitous Lives for AW20 by Olivia Rubens explores what it means to be a woman, and how we construct ourselves bit by bit to become who we are or who we think we are. It questions the reality of our “true” selves, sameness, and our perception of others, and humorously points towards the metaphorical and literal masks we wear to conceal our identities on a daily basis. I referenced photography by Cindy Sherman, Juno Calypso, Nadia Lee Cohen, Laurie Simmons, and Martin Parr to name a few, and created my own Cindy Sherman style photoshoot. Through sustainable knitwear design and social justice initiatives, Olivia Rubens stands for overcoming and embracing our differences, and battling the injustices of bullying and prejudice.