Giles Deacon in Motion

By Alize Morand

19 July, 2009

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Category: Fashion


On Friday night, the V&A held a show from genius British designer Giles Deacon as part of their Fashion in Motion programme – the previous one was Roksanda Ilincic: review here and here.

Giles Deacon selected his favourite looks from the past five years for an exceptional show mixing seasons, volumes, colours and inspirations. The highlights of the show included 60’s futuristic-style pop helmets from SS09, a billowy baby pink satin jacket and skirt from AW08, and oversized giant knitted scarves from his earlier FW07 collection.

My personal favourite pieces from the designer were a strapless floor-length taupe dress incorporating knits and feathers, with a corseted top (AW09) and a gorgeous black and white ruffled printed dress (SS09, see picture on the right, dress in the middle). 

Overall, a fantastic opportunity to see the evolution of this designer whose strengths are definitely prints, volumes, and play on fabrics and fur/feathers. Truly experimental sometimes. Truly inspirational always.

It was the perfect time for the designer to show a retrospective of his work, since his latest AW09 collection was quite a mixture of his work so far, the designer defining it as ‘a revisiting of all the things of my own that I’ve liked—and hopefully an improvement on them.(

But most of all, it might also be a turning-point in the designer’s career, since he has just won the 2009 French ANDAM fashion award, with a prize of of 160.000€, and is due to show at Paris Fashion Week in September.

A well deserved-recognition for the Central Saint Martins graduate of 1994, where he studied alongside Alexander McQueen, before launching an international career working for prestigious houses such a Bottega Venetta, Jean-Charles de Castelbajac, Louis Vuitton and Ralph Lauren. But everything is possible when you are Katie Grand‘s ex-boyfriend!

Photos: Alize Morand

5 Responses to “Giles Deacon in Motion”

  1. […] As true fashionistas, and to support of the most talented CSM graduates, we had to be there. But if you missed it, no worries, we reported everything for you: read the whole report on Alize’s Blog de Tendances. […]

  2. Giles Deacon est sorti avec Katie Grand ? Blague à part, j’aime beaucoup ce qu’il fait… C’est assez… tasty non?

  3. All that black & white is sending be straight to the Moon; Brilliant!

  4. Oh my, so jealous that got to go. Sounds like an absolutely amazing retrospective. I really do believe that where womenswear is concerned, he is close to the best in Britain. Slightly sad that he will be showing in Paris though, I wish all our designers would come and show back at home! And an early retrospective really could signal the start of a new chapter, a whole new and exciting dimension of design 🙂 That second dress in on the photograph on the right is absolutely stunning.

    Haha, and I will have you know, that the background colour of my blog, is actually rather close to the colour of my bedroom walls. It seemed the most appropriate colour for the online journal of my thoughts. Hope you had a beautiful day 🙂

  5. Isabelle: Oui, je l’ai découvert récemment aussi. Le monde de la mode est petit! Ils étaient à ensemble CSM. Je comprends maintenant pourquoi ils sont toujours ensemble sur les photos! Tasty chamallow, tu veux dire: les volumes, les couleurs acidulées? J’interprète là!
    Terri Rees Wang: I didn’t think of it, but yes, there’s something very lunar about it.. There was a lot of bright colours, pinks, reds, metallics, in the collection, but I’m very much of a classic monochrome person, so no surprise that I picked these pictures!
    Dapper Kid: Next time, I’ll let you know, I actually ended up with a last minute spare ticket! The funny thing is that all young talents come from CSM and dream of showing in Paris, and then they go there and get captured by the big houses, haha! You’ve got the raw fresh creatives, and we’ve got the heritage classic chic labels. (seriously though, how many of the designers for big labels are French? Apart from Christophe Decarnin & Nicolas Guesquière..) x

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