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Known as one of the nicest men in fashion, British born Giles Deacon has dressed everyone from Abbey Clancy to Princess Beatrice. From one-time fashion illustrator to the 2004 British Fashion Awards Best New Designer, Giles bridges the gap between cutting-edge East London and high-end couture. Following an art foundation course in Harrogate, he graduated in fashion design from London’s Central Saint Martins in 1992 – a course he selected, he has said, purely for novelty value. Having worked at Bottega Veneta and at Gucci, the one-time boyfriend of Katie Grand - he now sends her lots of drawings of hamsters - founded his own label, GILES, in 2003. His first full solo collection was titled ‘Disco Jacobean Fairytale’. Giles was quick to establish a glamorous signature by presenting sophisticated, feminine, womenswear such as calf-length skirts, pussycat bow blouses, and ‘40s-style nipped-in jackets in his debut. From graphic cartoon ‘Who Killed Bambi?’ prints to that Minnie Mouse prom dress, Giles spins high fashion in the context of pop-fun-culture. His favourite city is London, he loves Chinese food and he counts gardening among his hobbies.

Career highlight? Finishing a new collection is always a nervous highlight, getting designer of the year was definitely one for the accolade department.


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