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The Xiao Style Edit

We visited artist Xiao (@yu_xiao_art) at her London studio to talk about her work and the role fashion plays in her life. Originally from China, Xiao is currently undertaking practice-led research at the Royal College of Art in London.

Through cutting her paintings and exposing the "underbelly" of the canvas, deconstructing and reconstructing her painting's body, Xiao explores themes of transformation, vulnerability, trauma and hidden objects, inspired by her own female body and experiences around physical health. This "ripping" and colourful combinations come through in Xiao's fashion sense: clothes, much like her paints, become a way of expressing herself.

Passionate about experimenting both through her art and her fashion, Xiao loves the simplicity of neutral cotton and linen pieces, mixed with bold colours and prints. Scroll down to find her favourite pieces from Glassworks and watch the full interview below.

Studio day.

Xiao opted for this vertical striped oversized shirt (the pastel tones and stripes remind of her paintings) layered over a cobalt blue knit tank. Pair with comfortable blue denim and cosy socks for the perfect studio day outfit.

Pastel vertical striped oversized shirt
Pastel vertical striped oversized shirt
Pastel vertical striped oversized shirt
Pastel vertical striped oversized shirt
Pastel vertical striped oversized shirt
Pastel vertical striped oversized shirt
Pastel vertical striped oversized shirt
Pastel vertical striped oversized shirt
Pastel vertical striped oversized shirt
Pastel vertical striped oversized shirt

Pastel vertical striped oversized shirt

£115.00
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Cobalt blue thick strap knit tank
Cobalt blue thick strap knit tank
Cobalt blue thick strap knit tank
Cobalt blue thick strap knit tank
Cobalt blue thick strap knit tank
Cobalt blue thick strap knit tank
Cobalt blue thick strap knit tank
Cobalt blue thick strap knit tank
Cobalt blue thick strap knit tank
Cobalt blue thick strap knit tank

Cobalt blue thick strap knit tank

£45.00
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Blue washed straight  leg jeans
Blue washed straight  leg jeans
Blue washed straight  leg jeans
Blue washed straight  leg jeans
Blue washed straight  leg jeans
Blue washed straight  leg jeans
Blue washed straight  leg jeans
Blue washed straight  leg jeans
Blue washed straight  leg jeans
Blue washed straight  leg jeans

Blue washed straight leg jeans

£105.00
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Cobalt blue angora ribbed socks
Cobalt blue angora ribbed socks
Cobalt blue angora ribbed socks
Cobalt blue angora ribbed socks
Cobalt blue angora ribbed socks
Cobalt blue angora ribbed socks
Cobalt blue angora ribbed socks
Cobalt blue angora ribbed socks

Cobalt blue angora ribbed socks

£12.00
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Colour theory.

Bringing all primary colours to play, Xiao paired this bright colour stripe sweater vest with a flattering pair of bag waist jeans in a subtle oatmeal colour. To complete the look, match the burgundy beanie to our burgundy classic ribbed socks.

Red yellow green and blue block stripe sweater vest
Red yellow green and blue block stripe sweater vest
Red yellow green and blue block stripe sweater vest
Red yellow green and blue block stripe sweater vest
Red yellow green and blue block stripe sweater vest
Red yellow green and blue block stripe sweater vest
Red yellow green and blue block stripe sweater vest
Red yellow green and blue block stripe sweater vest
Red yellow green and blue block stripe sweater vest
Red yellow green and blue block stripe sweater vest

Red yellow green and blue block stripe sweater vest

£80.00
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Oatmeal bag waist jeans
Oatmeal bag waist jeans
Oatmeal bag waist jeans
Oatmeal bag waist jeans
Oatmeal bag waist jeans
Oatmeal bag waist jeans
Oatmeal bag waist jeans
Oatmeal bag waist jeans
Oatmeal bag waist jeans
Oatmeal bag waist jeans

Oatmeal bag waist jeans

£85.00
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Burgundy mohair beanie hat
Burgundy mohair beanie hat
Burgundy mohair beanie hat
Burgundy mohair beanie hat
Burgundy mohair beanie hat
Burgundy mohair beanie hat

Burgundy mohair beanie hat

£35.00
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Burgundy classic ribbed socks
Burgundy classic ribbed socks
Burgundy classic ribbed socks
Burgundy classic ribbed socks
Burgundy classic ribbed socks
Burgundy classic ribbed socks
Burgundy classic ribbed socks
Burgundy classic ribbed socks
Burgundy classic ribbed socks
Burgundy classic ribbed socks

Burgundy classic ribbed socks

£6.00
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Chic meets comfort.

Xiao layered the classic linen tie front shirt in white with our black tie dye ribbed trousers (the elasticated waist and loose fit makes them a super comfortable trouser, easy to dress up or down). To add a pop of colour, opt for the lime green knit tank and these cute daisy checkered socks.

White linen plunging tie front shirt
White linen plunging tie front shirt
White linen plunging tie front shirt
White linen plunging tie front shirt
White linen plunging tie front shirt
White linen plunging tie front shirt
White linen plunging tie front shirt
White linen plunging tie front shirt
White linen plunging tie front shirt
White linen plunging tie front shirt
White linen plunging tie front shirt
White linen plunging tie front shirt
White linen plunging tie front shirt
White linen plunging tie front shirt

White linen plunging tie front shirt

£75.00
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Lime green thick strap knit tank
Lime green thick strap knit tank
Lime green thick strap knit tank
Lime green thick strap knit tank
Lime green thick strap knit tank
Lime green thick strap knit tank
Lime green thick strap knit tank
Lime green thick strap knit tank
Lime green thick strap knit tank
Lime green thick strap knit tank

Lime green thick strap knit tank

£45.00
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Black tie dye print ribbed trousers
Black tie dye print ribbed trousers
Black tie dye print ribbed trousers
Black tie dye print ribbed trousers
Black tie dye print ribbed trousers
Black tie dye print ribbed trousers
Black tie dye print ribbed trousers
Black tie dye print ribbed trousers
Black tie dye print ribbed trousers
Black tie dye print ribbed trousers

Black tie dye print ribbed trousers

£90.00
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Green daisy checkered socks
Green daisy checkered socks
Green daisy checkered socks
Green daisy checkered socks
Green daisy checkered socks
Green daisy checkered socks
Green daisy checkered socks
Green daisy checkered socks

Green daisy checkered socks

£8.00
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