|Exhibitor biography's - Queen's Gardens|
There will be a selection of 12 designer pods at Her Majesty's event. These will feature different installations from the fashion industry, including millinery, jewellery design and embellishment.
Alice Palmer is a London based knitwear designer who pushes the boundaries with design and production. She aims to change the way knitwear is perceived, creating high fashion, covetable garments mainly inspired by art and architecture.
Alice is especially interested in pattern, form and shape and unconventional knitting techniques are combined with traditional methods to form garments with a bold and modern look.
Following completing a BA in Knitted Textiles at the Glasgow School of Art, her passion for making garments took her to London to study a Masters at the Royal College of Art (2005-07), intent on starting her own knitwear label after graduating, in 2008.
At the Royal College of Art, Palmer specialised in Knitted Textiles, concentrating on developing unconventional ways of constructing knit for fashion. The outcome is a strong, unique aesthetic, coupled with production methods that are friendly to the environment, requiring no fabric waste.
In September 2008, while showing her spring/summer 2009 collection in New York with NY Profile, Palmer was presented with the Best Womenswear Designer award by sponsors ASOS.COM. This led to a diffusion collection for the site that was launched in March 2009.
Alice Palmer has proudly been nominated for the ‘Young Fashion Designer of the Year’ award at the Scottish Fashion Awards in 2009 and 2011. Palmer has also been a nominee for the ‘Fashion Designer of the Year’ award at the Scottish Style Awards, 2009. Most recently, Alice has been nominated for the Scottish Fashion Awards 2012.
In 2010, Alice Palmer was selected by John Galliano to have an on schedule catwalk show with Fashion Fringe at Covent Garden. Entitled ‘Fossil Warriors’, her SS 2011 collection consisted of intricately pleated dresses, inspired by fossils, bones and relics.
‘Into The Void’, AW 2011, was Alice Palmer’s first solo show since Fashion Fringe, which demonstrated yet again her distinctive, unique aesthetic, with a strong use of three dimensional knits. This conceptual collection explored ‘dualism’ in many forms, including the distinct aspects of simplicity and complexity along with an exploration of negative and positive space.
The SS 2012 collection ‘Interstellar’ drew inspiration from David Bowie and Glam Rock, combined with the illusionary and mathematical aesthetics of polyhedra, topology and Op Art. The luxurious collection was launched in the D&G concept store in Milan in January this year, successfully almost selling out within the first month.
Photography by Christopher Dadey
The AW 2012 collection, ‘Vertigo’, was showcased during London Fashion Week, in an intimate and exclusive Fashion Fringe event at the Corinthia Hotel London. Aptly presented in a penthouse boudoir, the collection was inspired by the Alfred Hitchcock film Vertigo and in particular the character played by Kim Novak – the epitome of the curvy, suited femme fatale. This inspiration is reflected in the film noir colour palette of silver, black, white, greys and taupe with garments created in luxurious silk, lurex and lambswool yarns.
Situated in the beautiful conservation area of Richmond Hill, BOA Boutique, showcasing Bridal, Occasion Wear and Accessories, opened its doors in October 2011. Our vision is to bring together a truly unique and exciting collection of wedding gowns comprising the clearly defined signature of each renowned designer, both national and international. Offering wonderfully diverse styles of gown from the slim silhouettes of Vintage to romantic classic fine silks, Spanish ruffles, French lace and Avant Garde couture, all gowns are by special order and may be customised, giving each bride to be an individual and unique look. The gown of her dreams! Her exquisite look can only be enhanced by the wonderful selection of bridesmaid dresses and page boy outfits available, all custom made.
Boa Boutique owner, Sheila Harding
Our Special Occasion Room complements the Bridal Room by offering the Mother of the Bride or Special Occasion client a fabulous choice of day to evening wear, be it couture, demi couture or pret a porter. An enviable selection of jewellery, shoes, bags and diverse accessories enables each and every bride and guest to perfect her outfit under the same roof.
Bridal Designers showcased at BOA Boutique:
Anoushka G; Amanda Wyatt; Charlotte Balbier; Elizabeth Stuart; Madeline Isaac-James; Naomi Neoh; Pepe Botella; Terry Fox; Ugo Zaldi; The Vintage Wedding Dress Company
Our experienced team offers friendly service backed by professional advice, understanding the importance of the crucial decisions to be made and looking to enhance the magic of your wedding preparations. Mission accomplished!
Flawless Jewellery was founded by Robert Bicknell, and was initially a workshop based in Hatton Garden, London’s traditional jewellery quarter.
Born in 1972, Rob started to attend silver-smithing evening classes on the recommendation of his schoolteacher at the age of 13. At once, he realised that this was something he excelled at, and as soon as he was old enough, sought a Diamond Mounting apprenticeship in a Hatton Garden workshop.
After spending 5 years being taught the traditional skills that date back centuries, he was ‘set free’ from his apprenticeship and offered a job as Diamond Mounter.
Rob then spent some time working for some of Londons finest jewellers, including two years spent restoring antiques, and took his skills as far afield as Australia before establishing Flawless Jewellery.
Throughout his career Rob has worked on jewellery for Royalty and celebrities, major sporting trophies and centuries-old antiques. He now designs and hand-makes all pieces for Flawless Jewellery.
Once Rob had established Flawless Jewellery in their Hatton Garden workshop, he employed a team of specialists and carried out work on behalf of the trade.
The number of private commissions steadily grew, as did the desire for a shop front. Two years after stepdaughter Kaylie joined the team, they began the search for an ideal location, deciding on Chislehurst as they live locally.
After working solidly for 3 months to renovate the premises, Flawless Jewellery opened its doors to the public in October 2007, and has since become established locally for its high quality of work, bespoke design service and reasonable pricing
Taking place on our stand:
A display featuring 6 key pieces of jewellery representing each decade of Her Majesty's reign, the inspiration for the 6 key pieces are countries visited by Her Majesty during each of these decades - Australia, Brazil, Tanzania, Kenya, India and Belgium. The display will also showcase samples and images of tools and techniques used in jewellery manufacture, and how this has developed during Her Majesty's reign.
Goldsmiths, University of London
Internationally renowned for its creative and innovative approach to teaching and research, Goldsmiths, University of London offers undergraduate, postgraduate, teacher training and return-to-study opportunities in subjects covering the arts, social sciences, humanities and computing.
Goldsmiths has been part of the University of London for more than 100 years, and is ranked 9th in the UK for world-leading 4* research (Research Assessment Exercise 2008). It is also recognised for its academic excellence, illustrated by Goldsmiths’ membership of the 1994 Group, which brings together a select number of research-focused universities.
Goldsmiths, University of London, New Cross, London, SE14 6NW, UK
Main switch board Tel: + 44 (0)20 7919 7171
Goldsmiths weblink: <http://www.gold.ac.uk/>
Design Department information
Department of Design, Goldsmiths, University of London
Department of Design: weblink: <http://www.gold.ac.uk/design/programmes/>
Department of Design: Design degree Shows: <http://www.gold.ac.uk/design/programmes/>
About the Design Department
The Department of Design at Goldsmiths offers radical, creative and intellectually challenging undergraduate and postgraduate programmes taught by internationally recognised design academics.
Department of Design
Goldsmiths, University of London,
Tel: + 44 (0) 20 7919 7777
Offset Warehouse is a social enterprise and the first UK online retailer to bring together all the elements needed to create ethical clothing and interiors. The online portal provides access to all the information and products needed to be ethical in the world of fashion and design, serving both business-to-business and business-to-consumer needs. It is currently, it is the only online space to bring together a wide range of ethical fabrics, haberdashery, garments and resources to make ethical production in fashion and interiors easy.
In 2009, Charlie Ross graduated with a Masters in Menswear Design from the RCA. During her degree, while determined to be as ethical as possible, Charlie found incorporating sustainable and fairtrade textiles, fairtrade manufacturers, organic fabrics and eco-friendly dyes into her collections a real challenge, as resources (particularly for small purchases) were very limited. Even information about this sector seemed to be very hard to access. As a result, she made the decision to put her passion for menswear design and consulting to one side, to focus on solving these problems - and Offset Warehouse was born.
Through Offset Warehouse, Charlie makes the prospect of creating or buying ethical fashion and interiors an accessible goal for all consumers. Moreover, by educating consumers and businesses that it is possible to be ethical without compromising on the final product, she hopes that Offset Warehouse will encourage more ethical production in the fashion and interiors industry as a whole.
During the event, Offset Warehouse’s textile designer, Jonna Saarinen, will be exhibiting their ethical screen printing services, using environmentally friendly inks onto some of Offset Warehouse’s organic products!
UK based pharmaceutical scientist turned designer; Nimesh Gadhia designs analytically and experimentally rather than aesthetically. By deconstructing the logic of menswear and applying the formula of ‘form follows function’ Posthuman Wardrobe creates architectural menswear with clean lines, considered detailing and 3d functionality.
Gadhia gained his credentials working on Savile Row for the likes of Ozwald Boateng and Vacher & Jacobs. He left the University of Westminster in 2006 with a Masters degree in Fashion Design and Enterprise having explored notions of the analysis of movement and its effects on the functional requirements of traditional menswear construction. Gadhia’s unique vision of combining bespoke tailoring techniques with functional sportswear lead him to the multi-award winning impact protection technology brand - d3o, where he designed for various sports brands including Helly Hansen, Puma and Quiksilver. Posthuman Wardrobe was born in 2009 out of the same Scientific Philosophy which continues to define its aesthetic and Identity to date. 2010 saw the addition of Laura Jones to the creative design process. By combining Jones’s technical knowledge and commercial eye with Gadhia’s conceptual vision, Posthuman Wardrobe elevated its status beyond a purely conceptual brand. Having shown twice at London Fashion Week (including on The Ones To Watch Stage in September 2011) and also in Paris at the MAN SHOW in Paris in Jan 2012, Posthuman Wardrobe is set to take its next collection to Paris once again in June.
Rachel established Rachel Black Millinery early 2011 moving to Clerkenwell, London and has since made pieces for occassions such as the Royal Wedding and commision on behalf of Camelot, Euromillions Tuesday Launch. She uses her theatrical background to create pieces that will release the wearer's 'inner drama queen' and indulge their sense of fun. She likes to design under the 'less is more' ethos only using feathers when she feels that it will enchance the design making pieces that you will feel comfortable wearing whilst standing out from the crowd.
Shi Dolor is the new luxe fashion designer represented by Fashion Enter. Specialising in alluring couture dresses and stunning handmade jewellery to match. All Shi Dolor pieces are beautifully designed and skilfully made in Britain by Shi Dolor and her team.
Fast becoming a British luxury brand to watch. Despite being new on the scene, Shi Dolor dresses and jewellery have already caught the attention of the Hollywood red carpet and has gained the support of the Prince of Wales’ Trust. This year a Shi Dolor design became one of a few designs from all over the world shortlisted in the Red Carpet Green Dress Competition organised and judged by Suzy Amis Cameron, wife of movie director, James Cameron.. The winning design was worn to the Oscars by A-list actress Missi Pyle.
The young East London designer, started her self-named luxury fashion label in Feb 2010. With the help of the Prince's Trust and Fashion Enter Shi Dolor was able to kick start her luxury fashion business and was one of a handful of businesses that was awarded funding and support from the Prince’s Trust to develop her collection, which will be released later this year.
What sets Shi Dolor apart is the attention Shi pays to the individual client and the option to have handmade jewellery to go with a unique couture dress or a couture dress to go with a client’s designed jewellery piece. This creates the whole look to suit that individual client. Although the couture dresses and jewellery are stunning stand alone pieces they work beautifully together to create a very striking and polished look. “What my clients love most is that the look was tailored to suit them.” While Shi Dolor has a natural eye for detail and infusing modern glamour into classic silhouettes, she trained in the art of jewellery making in London’s jewellery quarter, Hatton Garden. Shi Dolor jewellery beautifully catches the light and is designed with two things in mind, to be timeless and stunning.
For Her Majesty's visit Shi Dolor will be showcasing her high end Astraea jewellery collection, Astraea meaning “starry one” in Greek. This beautiful collection of handmade jewellery is inspired by the enchantment and sparkle of a starry night sky. The collection is crafted from exquisite Swarovski crystals, fresh water pearls and precious metal. See the Hatton Garden trained designer putting together her jewellery at her stand.
Vauxhall City Farm
Vauxhall City Farm is a little piece of the countryside right in the heart of London with all the sights, smells, sounds and experiences of rural life. The Farm is a registered charity and offers a range of recreational, educational and therapeutic activities to the local community, including: riding (we are a riding for the disabled centre); the chance to experience farm life; animal husbandry; and country crafts.
The Farm was founded on a piece of derelict land in 1977 and is celebrating 35 years of helping the community. To keep working with and providing for the community, Vauxhall City Farm rely heavily on the help and support of grants and donations from the public. You make a donation on their website www.vauxhallcityfarm.org/
Vauxhall City Farm's Spinners Group will be displaying spinning craft skills and showing garments made from wool provided by Vauxhall City Farm's own sheep and from rare breeds - showing how traditional skills are being handed down and how they remain relevant in the modern world.
The Croatian born, London-based designer, finds her inspiration in this wonderful and awkward city where dreams get twisted and come true. Educated in Italian school of design, Vjera complimented her experience with the prestigious French school of haute couture embroidery, Ecole Lesage, in Paris.
Her projects include work for Julia Smith, WGSN, Max Mara, Tom Ford, Abercrombie&Fitch, Meeting, Roksanda Ilincic and Basso&Brooke.
The unique combination of contemporary cut, unpredictable use of colour, and the dying art of hand couture embroidery makes her collections unique yet timeless.
Career so far
Vjera Vilicnik label started in June 2010, after a meeting with Fashioncapital.co.uk, and the work is fast becoming recognised within the fashion industry and customers.
In Sept 2010, she showcased her spring/summer 2011 collection on Profile event, and has showcased her autumn/winter 2011/12 collection on February 19th on London Fashion Week.
The collections are received with great feedback and award wining garments were featured in Cosmopolitan UK, Elle France, Daily Telegraph and others.