Having worked for Louis Vuitton, Bottega Veneta and Gucci it would be fair to say that designer Giles Deacon has been round the proverbial fashion block. But it wasn’t until 2004 when he released his solo collection that things really started to get interesting. Quickly becoming a household name – famed for his prints and mixtures of fabric – Giles is no stranger to the limelight. But here are 5 things that you probably didn’t know about him…
1) He didn’t always know he wanted to be a designer.
It would be fair to say that Deacon fell into a career in fashion almost by accident. During his school days he studied science with the intention of becoming a marine biologist but rather fortunately for us failed his A -levels. Following this he enrolled at Harrogate art college where he discovered the flamboyant world of fashion – opting to focus on this aspect of his course as by his own admission it seemed the most “fun” department!
2) He can count Alexander McQueen, Stella McCartney and Luella Bartly as former classmates.
Studying for a degree in womenswear at Central St Martins – London’s most prestigious art and fashion design school- will inevitably come with a few extra perks. Rubbing shoulders with other soon-to-be-design royalty in their early days, Giles Deacon’s era was exceptional for churning out some of fashion’s future biggest names. Within his generation we saw Alexander McQueen, Stella McCartney and Luella Bartly graduate from the university catwalk and go on to have stellar careers as some of the industries biggest power players.
3) He has become a hit on the high street.
“Giles Gold” collaboration with high street retailer New Look is one of the longest running guest collections to date. His range taps into Giles signature design style but dilutes it down for a fast fashion finish which has an affordable New Look price tag attached – price points boast selected skirts starting from £25 and t-shirts coming in at just £15. After five hugely successful years Deacon is calling time on the range – with the current collection being one of your last chances to get a piece of the action.
4) He inspired the likes of Henry Holland’s collection.
When designer Henry Holland first started out, back in 2006, it was his quirky slogan t-shirts which earned him his first fashion brownie points as a designer. The bold printed tops included rhyming jingles about selected designers, models and celebrities… Giles Deacon appeared on his very own t-shirt attached to the phrase “Get your freak on for Giles Deacon” proving that he even managed to rack up kudos amongst other designers.
5) He wants to get his hands on Kate Middleton.
Giles Deacon has very publicly announced that he would love the challenge of restyling the Duchess of Cambridge. Currently known for her “classic” style Deacon would like to inject a tougher edge into her look, quoting a laser cut leather dress as the perfect wardrobe choice. The jury’s still out on what Kate herself would actually make of this…
Fashion on Giles terms is undeniably a huge hit, as the one man powerhouse doesn’t show signs of slowing down anytime soon. In the wise words of Henry Holland…. Get your freak on for Giles Deacon!
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