SNAPPED: RANKIN 2011
DESIGNER: ALICE TEMPERLEY
“All Walks is a fantastic project that encourages individuality and shows all female forms in a positive light, something we rarely see in fashion. Women come in all shapes and sizes, colours and heights and personally I think it is people’s uniqueness that is the very thing that makes them beautiful.”
Alice Temperley graduated from the Royal College of Art and set up her own label ‘Temperley London,’ which is privately run by her and her husband. Alice is renowned for her attention to detail and use of beautiful printed fabrics, and has received high accolades including the ‘English Print Designer of the Year’ award and the Elle ‘Best Young Designer of the Year,’ award in 2004.
Alice has a large celebrity cult following with names such as Sarah Jessica Parker and Demi Moore, as well as royal fans with Kate Middleton and Pippa praising the brand.
DESIGNER: ANTONIO BERARDI
“All Walks is about women, every kind of woman, and that’s what makes it beautiful. My job is to embrace every aspect of femininity, to address them, to respect them and to embolden them. Conformity is a thing of the past, diversity however is what we as people have always, and will always strive for.”
Antonio Berardi was born in Grantham, England, to Sicilian parents and moved to London to study at St Martin’s College, where he assisted John Galliano who influenced his vision and work ethic of staying true to his multi-cultural beliefs.
Antonio draws on his traditional English roots and mixes this with inspiration from his mother’s Sicilian heritage. He appreciates the female form and designs his clothing accordingly. His A- list clients include Gwyneth Paltrow and Penelope Cruz and Victoria Beckham.
DESIGNER: BETTY JACKSON
“All Walks is a great initiative that will give people the chance to see a variety of beauty that is often not represented in fashion or the media. Hopefully it will open people’s eyes to the difference and allow more people to feel confident about their own image.”
Betty Jackson was born on 24 June 1949 in Bacup, Lancashire. She attended Birmingham College of Art in 1971 and then worked as a fashion illustrator and design assistant. She became chief designer for Quorum in London before setting up Betty Jackson Ltd with her husband David Cohen in 1981.
Betty has received many accolades throughout her career including ‘British Designer of the Year,’ and an MBE and CBE for her services to the British Fashion Industry. Her highly recognisable style concentrates on soft and feminine casual wear, and she is a favourite with high street retailers as the designer behind Autograph at M & S and Black Collection for Debenhams.
DESIGNER: GILES DEACON
“Individuality, uniqueness and character are all the things that inspire me as a designer, All Walks celebrates this in an incredibly positive manner.”
Giles Deacon studied womenswear design at Harrogate College of Arts, and later Central Saint Martin’s. Giles is also renowned for being a brilliant illustrator working for publications such as Interview, Pop and i-D magazine.
Giles began his career at the Italian luxury brand Bottega Venneta where he became head designer and was later offered a job at Gucci womenswear after Tom Ford took over Gucci. Giles launched his own label GILES, in 2004 to critical acclaim. Today he balances multiple projects, including successful range for high street retailer New Look and the role of Creative Director at Ungaro.
DESIGNER: HUSSEIN CHALAYAN
“I know the vision that Erin and All Walks Beyond The Catwalk have for this project will represent women in all their varied beauty.”
Hussein Chalayan was born in Nicosia, Cyprus in 1970. He was educated at Highgate School in London and then studied at Central St Martin’s .
Considered to be avant-garde with his work, taking inspiration from science, art, culture and technology, Hussein is thought to be eccentric in his use of material and design. He also produces collections for Harrods and Liberty.
Hussein has received many awards including winner of ‘Outstanding Lifetime Achievement to Design,’ at FX International Design Awards (2009) and an MBE for services to the fashion industry in 2006.
DESIGNER: MATTHEW WILLIAMSON
“Working within the fashion industry, I am regularly presented with representations of beauty. To me, diversity and individuality have always shone as the most desirable qualities a person can have in their personal style. I have always embraced the fact that the Matthew Williamson woman is indefinable; her eccentricities and her variety in age, shape and background are to be celebrated.”
Matthew Williamson graduated from London’s Central Saint Martin’s with a BA in Fashion Design and Printed Textiles in 1994. His first job after graduating was a freelance project with Marni, and he later worked with British retailer Monsoon. In 1996 Matthew launched his own label, and later in 2005 he was offered the role of Creative Director of Emilio Pucci. His signature style has always revolved around a spectrum of bright colours with interesting prints.
He has accumulated many awards, including ‘Red Carpet Designer of the Year,’ award, Elle ‘Designer of the Year,’ and has won ‘Designer of the Year’ three times at the British Fashion Awards.
DESIGNER: OSMAN YOUSEFZADA
“My inspiration is diverse, from ethnicity to travel experiences, but my whole design ethos is based around making women look beautiful, chic and poised, whatever shape or size.”
Osman Yousefzada was born in Birmingham in 1974 to Afghan/ Pakistani parents. His mother, a dress maker, was where Osman developed his love for craftsmanship. After graduating from Cambridge in anthropology, he changed his direction to study Fashion Design at Central St Martin’s School of Art. His debut collection ‘Renaissance,’ in 2006, was inspired by his Afghan heritage. Osman’s approach is multi-cultural and his interest in ethnicity and costume is evident and his designs always flatter the female form.
Osman’s signature style involves draped jersey gowns, which have proved to be popular with celebrity clients including Gwenyth Paltrow, Charlize Theron, Mary Kate Olsen and Thandie Newton. He has also collaborated with high street retailers including Mango and John Lewis.
DESIGNER: STELLA MCCARTNEY
Stella McCartney, daughter of Beatle Sir Paul McCartney, graduated from Central Saint Martin’s in 1995. After two years producing her own collections, Stella became creative director of French Fashion House Chloe, and during her four-year term achieved great recognition.
Stella has solidified her position as a front-runner in the fashion pack since being bought by the Gucci Group in 2001. Like her late mother Linda, Stella is an advocate of animal rights and will not use any leather or fur in her designs. Her signature style is sleek and tailored with a feminine edge. Stella has also designed for different fashion brands such as Puma, Adidas and H&M.
DESIGNER: VIVIENNE WESTWOOD
“Clothes will have a strong rapport with the body in terms of fit and elegance. Ideal beauty is not what really interests me. I think that posture is the first asset; it comes from inside and is natural grace. Then what really touches me is the woman who is chic, she knows herself, doesn’t buy into mass marketing or publicity but takes the trouble to look good and shows off her best assets.”
Vivienne Isabel Swire was born on April 8th 1941 in Glossop, Derbyshire. After attending Harrow Art School for one term, she married Derek Westwood at 21, and turned her hand to primary teaching.
In 1965 Vivienne met Malcolm McLaren who was to become the future manager of the Sex Pistols. She began designing youthful and rebellious clothes to reflect the image of the band, pioneering a new generation of style: ‘The Punk Era’, which revolutionised British style.
Vivienne is considered to be an icon and fashion veteran. She has received the highest accolades through her career including an OBE, twice named ‘British Fashion Designer of the Year,’ and in 2007 she was awarded an ‘Outstanding Achievement Award,’ at the British Fashion Awards
“All Walks might change the way people think.”
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MODEL: DAPHINE SELFE
“Variety is the spice of life and in the All Walks campaign there is an opportunity for everyone to be represented.”
MODEL: KATIE PARSONS
“All walks is an amazing project that is encouraging the celebration of women beyond the stereotypical notions of beauty. All women should be helped to feel confident in their own unique skin. There are no limitations to beauty and All Walks is leading the way in creating positive change in the fashion industry.”
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MODEL: KIRSTY MCLENNAN
“It’s great to be finally accepted by the mainstream fashion world and model at London Fashion Week. A typical day for me would really just be catalogue and lingerie; I’ve never worked with a top name designer before. I feel very special.”
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MODEL: MARTE BONESCHANSKER
“All Walks tries to give an honest reflection of society by showcasing the beauty of all women – tall, short, old, curvy and from different ethnic backgrounds. It’s about making diversity a common ground instead of something special. It is more than just a pioneer project in the fashion world; it’s what we owe women out there. I hope that in a few years, All Walks won’t be necessary anymore.”
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MODEL: NAOMI SHIMADA
“Fashion is screaming out for something like this. I was a straight model once but just didn’t want to play the game any more. I saw what it was doing to other models. Women pick up those images and think they are real. Now I’ve crossed over into ‘plus size,’ and I’m part of something much more real and interesting. All Walks is such a great idea because we need to celebrate a much more diverse range of beauty.”
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MODEL: VALERIE PAIN
“We are individuals and we should all be proud of that. All Walks is a good idea because it is a wonderful opportunity to think carefully about a woman’s body. I hope the industry will see it as a challenge to find ways to produce beautiful clothes for a wider audience. I’m so delighted to be asked to take part in this exciting new venture. So many people have given their time and talent for a brand-new initiative, and I sincerely hope it is ongoing.”
“I started my career in Jamaica, where I lived for six years and I simultaneously managed a boutique hotel in the Blue Mountains. When I returned to London in 1971, I continued working in the Fashion, then in 1979, I took a break from fashion to raise a family. I joined Close Models in 2007 to restart my career and have featured in many TV Commercials abroad, Live TV, and numerous editorial shoots including the September issue of, “The Quarterly”
MODEL: SHEILA ATIM
“I think that All Walks is a brilliant idea. I believe that diversity needs to be encouraged. The industry is bogged down with one look, one idea of beauty, and we need something a bit different. People are starting to realise that the industry is not representative, and I believe that through All Walks we will restore faith that fashion is for everyone. I’d like designers in the future to take a lot more notice of who they are designing for, and remember at the end of the day that they are designing for a person. I’d like the industry to help the public feel that fashion is for everyone.”
“I began modelling at 17 years old after being scouted at the Underage Festival in Victoria Park 2008. Everything started with a shoot with Rafael Stahelin, and I moved on to work with Erika Kurihara and Kacper Kasprzyk for the i-D ‘Best of British” issue. I also took part in various student shows and charity shows for Central Saint Martins and London College of Fashion. My favourite jobs have been a fun-filled shoot with Judy Blame and Tyrone Lebon for the 300th i-D issue featuring an all pink theme and, of course, the exciting All Walks project with Georgia Hardinge. Alongside the science subjects I studied at college, I have always had a passion for Music, Drama and Sports, namely tennis and athletics.”
SIZE ME UP: KAYT JONES 2009
“The designers and models we chose were crucial to the success of Size Me Up. It is their dedication and skill that made our first initiative: Size Me Up – a success in 2009.”
DESIGNER: MARK FAST
“All Walks is important because it demonstrates how the fashion world is taking the appreciation of all women seriously.”
Mark Fast is a 28-year-old Canadian-born knitwear designer. He studied at Central Saint Martins and has collaborated on knitwear designs with Bora Aksu over three seasons. Mark knits everything by hand on a domestic knitting machine. His work is formed onto the body as he knits and he has devised innovative stitching techniques, blending Lycra with viscose, angora or wool.
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DESIGNER: GEORGIA HARDINGE
“It’s been wonderful to make a connection with the woman who will wear my design. A model isn’t just there as a walking coat hanger. All Walks encourages this new way of designing.”
Georgia Hardinge believes that the highest approach of art awareness is through fashion. Her graduate collection, inspired by ancient reptiles, fossils and archaeological stencils, used sculptured fabrics which accentuate the body.A student of Parsons Paris, Georgia was awarded the Golden Thimble Award for best designer of 2008.
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DESIGNER: HANNAH MARSHALL
“All Walks Beyond the Catwalk is steering the way for diversity in the fashion industry, and is exactly what we need. It challenges the ideals of what beauty is and makes us think, really think. I am proud to be a part of such a project.”
Hannah Marshall has reinvented the little black dress. Her ‘trapeze-dress’ was exhibited in Zandra Rhodes’ Fashion and Textile Museum, and she has achieved New Generation sponsorship for three seasons.
Braille coding is incorporated into the designs, providing hidden messages and exploring the concept of fusing clothing with communication. The clothes become an intimate language of silhouette and a message to be deciphered only by the wearer.
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DESIGNER: DAVID KOMA
“Without individuality or identity, we have nothing that makes us special or important.”
Georgian-born David Koma was awarded the Harrods Design Award for his MA collection, which focused on a skin-tight silhouette in flesh tone and black, embellished with metallic chain details.
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DESIGNER: WILLIAM TEMPEST
“Individuality gives people style and charisma and is what keeps life fresh and interesting. It’s really refreshing to be making and seeing fashion on a variety of different shapes and sizes.”
Before launching his eponymous collection, William worked under Giles Deacon, Jean Charles de Castelbajac and Diesel while studying for his first-class degree at the London College of Fashion. He has designed clothes and accessories for Madonna, Lily Allen and Emma Watson.
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DESIGNER: AVSH ALOM GUR
“Individuality makes you shine.”
A Central Saint Martins graduate, Avsh Alom Gur launched his own collection in 2006. His designs challenge glamour and our definition of beauty, combining Eastern and Western elements with urban street graffiti and underground grunge.
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“When you work with a model so closely and fit the outfit exactly to her body, it just makes you think about the relationship of the garment to the body even more. It becomes more ‘alive’ in a sense.”
Annalisa Dunn and Dorothee Hagemann met in 2007 whilst specialising in knitwear at Central Saint Martins. After graduation they joined forces to create Cooperative Designs, a quirky, modern knitwear label which juxtaposes traditional techniques with new materials and technologies.
Cooperative Designs have been awarded New Generation sponsorship by the BFC and have presented collections as part of Vauxhall Fashion Scout for two seasons. For Spring/Summer 2009 they were commissioned to create a capsule collection exclusively for legendary New York department store Henri Bendel.
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DESIGNER: ALEXANDRA GROOVER
“I have always believed that some of the most unique, beautiful, interesting, photogenic, catwalk-worthy models do not fit the current and very limiting modelling industry standard.”
Californian Alexandra Groover’s starkly rendered, sculptural designs have captured the gaze of the fashion-forward. After a degree from the Rhode Island School of Design, Groover took a placement at Zandra Rhodes’s studio and a term abroad programme at Central Saint Martins in 2002 before establishing her own label.
Alexandra’s work is monotone, using silhouette and textural manipulation rather than colour to create fascinating detail and treating fabric as a sculptural material.
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MODEL: HAYLEY MORLEY
“I am very proud of my body, my size and my modelling career and hope that the All Walks project will initiate more designers, show producers and stylists etc to use a more diverse range of models in the future – I think this project highlights perfectly how beautiful ‘different’ can look. This has been a fantastic opportunity to work with some talented people and to celebrate my curves! I hope to see many more curvy models on the catwalk next season!”
“I was spotted by Sarah Watkinson in a bar café in Surrey in the spring of 2008 where I worked while studying at University. I was then immediately taken on by 12+ UK agency and went to my very first casting for designer Anna Scholz with just a few Polaroids, and actually ended up booking the job. Since then I have worked in between studying, for catalogues, magazines and shows in Milan. Recently, I have focused more on modelling on a break from University and things have really taken off. I’m loving every minute of it.”
MODEL: LAURA CATTERALL
“At London Fashion Week there haven’t been many plus-size girls, so I am proud to be part of something that represents healthy beauty and size. I feel passionate about this project. Hopefully, people in the industry who conform (to the generic view of beauty) will see that other sizes can be embraced and represented, too.”
“I modelled briefly for an agency in Manchester who I felt didn’t know what to do with my curves. I then approached 12+ UK with my pictures who I knew would be perfect to represent me as a curvy model for their clients. My career immediately took off and I started working steadily for numerous catalogues and magazines all over Europe. My first main break was being booked for the Elena Miro show in Milan fashion week. The next big break was the lingerie shoot that I did for the Sunday Times STYLE magazine. I am now working continuously and enjoying travelling and seeing the world through a job that I love.”
MODEL: TATIANA KAULMANN
“The fact that the organisers thought my look would fit the theme of diversity made me very proud to be part of the project. It was so different to any other shoot that I have done. This one was all about me and the outfit… how it made me feel. I loved it and felt very sexy and comfortable. I hope designers will change and start using a more diverse range of models and give other people, not just models, more confidence in their daily lives. I hope All Walks will be a turning point.”
“I started my career as a child, I modelled for magazines, GAP and starred in a BBC T.V series, “The Feather Boy”. I was scouted on the my 17th birthday in a club by Fiona Ellis from Independent Models, she signed me with the agency and a couple weeks later, my first test shots were done. My first job was for Mac Make Up. I got to fly to Florida for an Abercrombie &Fitch Autumn campaign shot by Bruce Weber. When not modelling, I am studying Spatial Design at the London College of Communication, socializing with friends or going clubbing for the night, which I do best.”
MODEL: LUCY JANE FREEMAN
“I love what All Walks stands for: creating a positive image and embracing all varieties of body shape – I never thought I could be a model, as I’m much curvier than the standard model figure, but through my experiences I feel I have as much to offer (and a little curvalicious extra!) as any other model. I genuinely think, with the great people involved, it can make a breakthrough, so that more designers will consider using a broader spectrum of models.”
“I was scouted in November 2007, as I was on my way to a gig at the Astoria and coming out of Tottenham Court Road station – it took my scout Jody Furlong about 5 minutes to hunt me down, as I was lost in my own world listening to music on my iPod. He was scouting for a TV show on BBC3 called ‘Find Me The Face’ (Plus Size Model episode) which aired in March 2008.
I made the final four girls and was then approached by a few agencies before joining 12+ UK around April 2008. Since then I have appeared in campaigns for Anna Scholz, Evans (including modelling the Beth Ditto range in The Sun), the cover of Stella magazine (The Telegraph), Simply Be, and This Morning.”
MODEL: JADE PARFITT
“Already the designers on the project have enjoyed working with models of a variety of shapes and sizes, so much so that one of the designers has said that they will use their model in their show. If we can get a fairer representation for women through larger women in magazines, then that would be fantastic.
I know I have made my career out of being a stick-thin model, but I believe there is plenty of room for other shapes in the industry. All Walks is a small, positive project that will hit home. I have been in this industry long enough to know that one shoot won’t change everything, but if it can change one girl sitting at home who has a magazine’s view of shape and size, then that is truly amazing.”
“I was 13 years old when I won a modelling competition on “This Morning”, and my contract with Models1. I then began working with i.D Magazine, Craig McDean, David Sims and The Face. I had my first runway show just before my A-Levels for Prada (aged 15) before moving to New York.
I then worked for Steven Meisel, Mario Testino, Irving Penn, Richard Avedon and Steven Klein among others. I have been featured in magazines such as Italian, UK and French Vogue, as well as W Magazine, Visionaire, and Harpers Bazaar. I also did several high profile shows including Jean-Paul Gaultier, Christian Dior, John Galliano, Chanel, Alexander McQueen, Hermes, Ann Demeulemeester Versace and Vivienne Westwood. I have a charity with my friend Jasmine Guinness called; “Clothesline” (for HIV/AIDS relief) and I live in London with my 2-year-old son Jackson.”
MODEL: CECELIA CHANCELLOR
“I think it makes a lot of sense to celebrate beautiful clothes on beautiful women who are all very different from each other. It’s also a great idea to have these beautiful women be involved in the creation of their image through collaboration with the designers.
I loved collaborating with Avsh over the design of my outfit. This initiative is a sign that the fashion business is starting to appreciate that beauty comes in many forms, not restricted by age, race, size and height. Hopefully this openness to beauty in all its different forms will start to be reflected more and more in fashion magazines and ad campaigns.”
“My modelling career began when I attended St Paul’s School in London where Lord Snowdon photographed me. Following the shoot, Lord Snowdon named me as the “Face of 1987.
“At age 17, I moved over to New York to pursue a modelling career and quickly caught the attention of photographers: Stephen Meisel, Peter Lindberg and Paolo Roversi. Whilst in New York I modelled for numerous designers including Marc Jacobs in his infamous “grunge” collection. Since then I have appeared in numerous fashion magazines both national and international and appeared in worldwide campaigns. I am the mother to six-year-old Lucas, and continue to model.”