David Longshaw Launches ‘Mildred’
David is known for his quirky illustrations featuring his characters Maude, Doris and Beryl the badger amongst others; his characters are immortalized in the prints for his eponymous womenswear collection, as well as appearing in animations for Vogue Italia and Love Magazine. This debut book was created in response to demand from his customers who craved more of drawings and characters.
In the book Maude the fashion fabric mouse introduces the reader to Mildred – the peculiar penguin who sees people as dresses. The story relates to how Mildred became the influential Maudezinest through a host of fabulous images and conversations; through stories within stories we follow Mildred discovering her sense of style.
Maude was originally created by David whilst at Central St Martins and has been described by British Vogue as “‘Longshaw’s long standing cult creation.”
David Longshaw studied Fashion Design at Central Saint Martin’s College of Art and Design BA (Hons) and at the Royal College of Art (MA). On graduating David moved to Italy to design for Alberta Ferretti, then Max Mara. After working in Italy Longshaw moved back to England to start his own fashion label. Winner of the inaugural BFC/ELLE Talent Launch Pad. David has been shortlisted for a wealth of awards and was named as one of the ‘Designers to Watch 2011’ by vogue.com and one of ‘The Rising Stars of 2011’ by Elle.
With not only a natural talent for fashion, but also for illustration (winner of the Colin Barnes Drawing Prize) David has contributed to a number of publications (including vogue.com, the LFW newspaper and many others) and uses his illustrations and story writing as a starting point for his collections. He has also created ‘Francesca & Arthur’ a weekly comic strip for Vogue Italia (vogue.it) and a number of animations for LOVE magazine.
To see more of David’s work including fashion design, illustration and animation go to: www.davidlongshaw.co.uk