We are delighted to be working with some of the most exciting creatives in the UK to judge our Diversity NOW! competition in association with i-D Magazine.
As well as key members of the All Walks team, the exhaustive list below of thinkers, makers and agitators will oversee the finalist entries to find a winner for each of the categories and an overall winner who will receive £500. All our finalists will be receiving lavish praise though, for taking the bull by the gilded horns and proclaiming diversity and individuality to be a really important issue. Results are announced at Graduate Fashion Week on June 4th 2013.
London based couturier, Deborah Milner, began her career studying at St Martin’s School of Art and then the RCA.
She established her couture atelier in 1991, where she soon became known for her unconventional sculptural shapes and exceptional cutting skills. Whilst building up an impressive list of private clients, she, also, collaborated with many of the leading names in fashion, including Isabella Blow, Philip Treacy, Alexander McQueen and Nick Knight.
In 2003, Deborah spent a year in Brazil researching environmental sustainability initiatives. This experience led her to approach natural beauty brand Aveda and, from this partnership, Deborah’s groundbreaking Ecoture TM collection was born.
Since 2003 Deborah has been a consultant on Couture for Alexander McQueen, realising some of his most complex showpieces.
Deborah continues to create original one-offs for her own clientele and varied projects and is currently working on an exciting new venture which will ally her sustainable vision with ingenious cutting and design.
William Tempest is a British fashion designer based in London. Synonymous with luxury and modernism his work explores innovative cutting and experimental shape making, and focuses on a timeless yet directional aesthetic and a high level of construction and quality. William Tempest has been worn by fans including Kate Moss, Rihanna, Victoria Beckham, Michelle Williams and Emma Watson to name but a few; and featured in international press including publications such as Vogue, Harper’s Baazar, Tatler, i-D, The Wall Street Journal and WWD. Most recently William was featured in ‘The Sunday Times Power List’ as one of the most influential ‘25 people under 25’, and has collaborated globally with renowned British high-street store River Island.
Originally from Cheshire in the north of England, William moved to London at the age of 18 to study womenswear fashion design, and went on to work for designers Giles Deacon in London and Jean Charles de Castelbajac in Paris. In 2009 William caught the eye of designer Donatella Versace who selected William to show his first collection at London Fashion Week. In 2010, following the success of his debut New York Fashion Week show William was presented with a WGSN Global Fashion Award for Best Emerging Talent judged by over 50 influential decision makers.
William’s design talent has regularly been sought outside the field of high fashion. Most notably William created an art installation in Queen Victoria’s bedroom for the ‘Enchanted Palace’ exhibition at Kensington Palace in London alongside designers Vivienne Westwood and Stephen Jones; appeared as a judge on Britain’s Next Top Model; designed an advertising campaign and art installations for Diesel; curated an exhibition on sustainable urban design with Smart Car/Mercedes Benz; designed a laptop case clutch bag for SonyVAIO; and has designed and worked with many other global brands including Disney, label.m Hair Care, Vauxhall, The BodyShop, and Olay to name but a few.
Nuno is a self taught Illustrator specialising in Fashion and Beauty imagery. Represented by top British Illustration agency Illustration Ltd (www.illustrationweb.com/nunodacosta), in the Uk, US, China and India and represented by sister agencies in Germany and France.
After leaving Kings College University where he studied modern languages and Latin American and Hispanic Cultural Studies, Nuno decided to change direction and pursue his love of all things Art and Fashion. He put together his portfolio and within a week started working for various publications at Emap and Hearst publishing houses both in the UK and US.
He was later discovered by leading fashion hair stylist Neil Moodie who asked him to collaborate on an innovative eight page spread for Wonderland Magazine along with world renowned make up artist Lisa Butler, a seminal event which has shaped and coloured Nuno’s approach and technique to this day.
In 2010 he achieved his longstanding dream of being published in British Vogue in their Christmas special ’Superstar Issue’ which has lead to collaborations with The Telegraph, Christian Dior, Vogue Portugal, The Sunday Times, L’Oreal Professionnel and Clinique amongst many other well known and respected names in the Fashion, Beauty and publishing industries. See Nuno’s collaboration with All Walks here.
Navaz Batliwalla started her fashion career as assistant to stylist Caroline Baker before embarking on a freelance styling and journalism career, which included contributions to Tank, Oyster, Sunday Times Style, Guardian Weekend [styling] and Handbag.com [writing]. In 2001, she was approached for the role of fashion director of the UK launch of CosmoGIRL! magazine. Six years later she started the anonymous fashion insider blog, ‘Disneyrollergirl’, observing the unseen side of the fashion business from her own unique perspective.
Returning to the world of freelance in 2007, Navaz now combines blogging with styling and writing for editorial and commercial clients, as well as creative consultancy for fashion and lifestyle brands. She is a guest lecturer at UCA Epsom University and London College of Fashion and a regular contributor to Grazia India, Glamour, Bon International and H&M magazine.
She lives in Kensal Green, London.
Born and raised in London, Jones receiving her degree in film and photography in London. Jones’s editorial photography is characterized by a strong narrative component, underscoring the reciprocal creative influence between her two areas of study. Her work is featured in magazines including VS, Elle, Esquire, SI Swimsuit edition, and has been exhibited internationally. Jones’s film directorial debut came in 2008 and she has continued to create short films alongside her stills work for editorial and commercial clients.
Jones was instrumental in creating the launch imagery for All Walks which was featured in i-D and as 7 foot-high iconic shots at London Fashion Week and lives with her family in Los Angeles.
Jason Jules was born in Hackney, East London in 1964. He graduated from what is now The University Of Greenwich with a degree in English and Philosophy in 1985. He is a freelance creative consultant, art director and journalist.
Over the years he has worked for a number of brands including Nike, Levi’s, Sony Playstation, Swatch and Dickies.
As a writer specializing in art and fashion he has contributed to a variety of publications including i-D, The Voice, The Face, Blues & Soul, Time Out, Dazed & Confused (as visual art editor), Untold Magazine (as features editor) and Kilimanjaro Art and Design (as editor). He is currently UK editor for Streetwear Today Magazine and regularly contributes to Inventory Magazine.
Still living in East London, Jules launched his hugely popular blog Garmsville in 2009, the menswear accessories brand House Of Garmsville in 2010 and Madoog TV in 2011.
Stephanie Heart presented for BBC2 Global Body Film and brought her one size does not fit all “Model meter” to real women internationally. Stephanie has been intentionally inspiring females since the age of 17. Her first photo shoot explored the dark side to beauty, the second spoke out about the objectification of women in advertisement. Her Naturally Critical film was used to form the foundation of a global discussion showcased at the 2011 Endangered Species Summit in New York and London.
Stephanie has since had the opportunity to feature twice academy award winner Emma Thompson in one of her short films, be the London assistant director for an international documentary, The Illusionist; on the judging panel for the government backed very first Body Confidence Awards, inform policy developments on body image at Parliament and receive the Rising Star Award at the House of Lords.
Stephanie Heart now at the age of 25, has managed to engage thousands of women and men in addressing issues around body image and self esteem, voicing concerns and inspiring change for females today.
Belfast born Kathryn Ferguson is a filmmaker and curator. She has made many films for fashion designers, brands and musicians including Chloe, Selfridges, Sinead O’Connor, Lady Gaga, Richard Nicoll, Charlie Le Mindu, Katie Eary, and Domino Records. These films have been featured on MTV, SHOWstudio, Dazed Digital, Twin, the BBC and in Vogue.
Her experimental film work has been selected for film festivals, screenings and group shows around the world including OneDotZero, the 59th Berlinale, the V&A, the Pompidou Centre, ASVOFF, BYOB and Birds Eye View Film Festival at the BFI.
As well as her own filmmaking practice Kathryn also works as a Curator and Lecturer. She began curating the annual Birds Eye View Film Festival’s ‘Fashion Loves Film’ strand at the Institute of Contemporary Arts & British Film Institute in 2008 where it continued until 2011. She completed a masters in communication, art & design at The Royal College of Art in June 2011 where she specialised in experimental film.
Since then she has been working with the British Council & The British Fashion Council as a curator specialising in the emerging genre of fashion film. Her work with the British Council has seen her travel around the world visiting cities including Sarajevo, Lagos (Nigeria), Lisbon and Ljubljana giving talks, screenings and hosting filmmaking workshops.
In October 2012, she curated an extensive fashion film exhibition called “Dressing the Screen” that opened at the UCCA in Beijing in October 2012. Her work with the BFC has seen her join a curatorial panel creating a new seasonal film festival called Fash/on Film. The Film Festival takes place at Somerset House over London Fashion Week.
She also works as a lecturer at London College of Fashion & Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design.
Out thanks also to the i-D team…
From South East London, Sarah enjoyed stints at The Guardian, the British Fashion Council and SHOWstudio before starting at i-D, where she is now Online Editor. Learning digital from the bottom up, she now runs the website and manages i-D’s digital presence. Sarah’s interview subjects include Ryan Gosling, Will Self, Raf Simons and Amber Valetta.
i-D’s very own Solihull born, Islington based, ex professional footballing Art Director Graham Rounthwaite can mostly be found arranging what goes where within i-D’s glossy innards. Working as Art Director for The Face, Trace and America Magazine he has a mighty impressive CV which counts past advertising clients Topshop, Universal, Levi’s, Sony and Virgin.
London born and bred, Holly kicked-off her i-D journey as an intern seven years ago. In the time since, she has moved her way up from editorial assistant, to assistant editor, to deputy editor, to editor. To date Holly has interviewed Riccardo Tisci, Stefano Pilati, Raf Simons, Richard Nicoll, Donatella Versace, Scarlett Johansson, Victoria Beckham and many more.
Based in London, where she and husband Marc Newson live with their two beautiful daughters, Charlotte Stockdale is a superstylist with a super CV – to which she added the title i-D Fashion Director in 2011. Charlotte began her career as a model, starring in an i-D shoot by Nick Knight and styled by Edward Enninful. She soon made the transition to styling and today is a regular contributor to V, US Harper’s Bazaar, Japanese and British Vogue, working with a stellar line-up of photographers including Nick Knight, Mario Testino, Patrick Demarchellier and Karl Lagerfeld, who she also consults for on his own line and at Fendi.
And for the All Walks team CV’s have a gander here! When all’s said and done that’s a lot of top creatives giving this competition their full attention no?