15 March 2017
The New Book Chronicling London's Finest Design Talent
London’s fashion is iconoclastic, bombastic and individualistic. From large conglomerates with hundreds of stiletto-shod employees occupying several floors of imposing brick buildings to freshly picked MA graduates sat around their kitchen table in the East End – it is precisely this curious contrast in scale that keeps the city relevant and nimble-footed, even through unpredictable times.
Published by Phaidon this month, London Uprising asserts London’s unique position as a huge driving force in commercial fashion and punk approach to entrepreneurship. The book is the brainchild of Lebanese-born Tania Fares who co-founded the not-for-profit BFC Fashion Trust in 2013 with Kim Hersov. The Trust has connected more than 130 of its members from business, finance and the arts with many of the designers that have made London so eclectic and exciting; Mary Katrantzou, Emilia Wickstead and Sophia Webster have all benefited. ‘I felt like there was a gap in promoting young British designers and I wanted to raise more awareness and money to be able to support them,’ Fares says. ‘The more support you get, the more you can do.’
A book lover, Fares became frustrated that there wasn’t an extensive survey of the designers working in London right now, so she called Sarah Mower who has been on the frontline of fashion reporting for more than three decades and is BFC Ambassador for Emerging Talent. Exactly two years later, this 607-page tome profiling London’s shiniest talents is here. ‘I wanted to show the designers as they are – who they are, what they are, what they are doing…their stories. To put it all together and very much embed it in the now.’
In London Uprising, nineteen of the industry’s foremost fashion editors and writers peer into the working environments of 50 designers – disparate, fiercely personal spaces that have led to an unparalleled creative legacy. Christopher Kane says,
‘People are always intrigued by the mystery of fashion – so being able to give a little insight into my space can help to them to further understand my process. A lot of things get hidden in cupboards and it’s a great excuse for a studio tidy! It's nice for people to see behind the scenes, and the insides of where the creation starts and happens.’