Whether it’s ‘high street’ or ‘high-end’, the decision making process for a designer always starts with an idea or set of influences.
Insights selects a diverse group of fashion designers that communicate their concepts and beliefs through clothing and accessories.
Hussein Chalayan: Fashion, objects and storytelling
Video credit: 'Hussein on film' via YouTube.
Central Saint Martins (CSM) graduate Hussein Chalayan, a designer famous for his conceptual approach to fashion, created a series of portable furniture pieces for his Autumn/Winter 2000 collection. Inspired by the theme of wartime and families forced to flee their homes, the catwalk show featured models dismantling a set of wooden chairs, turning chair covers into dresses and folding the chairs into travel cases. Watch the video to find out how a coffee table became an A-line skirt.
She is the daughter of former Beatles member Paul McCartney and American musician, photographer and animal rights activist Linda McCartney. Her upbringing gave her an early interest in animal rights advocacy and sustainable living. A lifelong vegetarian, McCartney does not use any leather or fur in her clothing or accessories, a very unusual approach for a high-end fashion house. She supports PETA and speaks about animal cruelty in the fashion industry. In addition, all Stella McCartney boutiques are operated in an eco-friendly manner, the stores’ biodegradable bags are made from corn, for example.
For menswear designer Grace Wales Bonner, born in south-east London to an English mother and Jamaican father, fashion is a way of exploring her dual identity. She uses her designs to play with representation and to challenge ideas of masculinity, privilege and luxury. Model casting is key to her creative process; she’s interested in models coming from dual heritage backgrounds. She listens to their stories, how they respond to her designs and makes them a part of her collection, a part of the story.