Preen is made up of duo and couple, Justin Thornton and Thea Bregazzi. The pair grew up on the Isle of Man and met at the age of 18 while studying for an art foundation course. They launched their first stand-alone collection in 1997, creating a buzz around individually crafted, deconstructed pieces that fused Victoriana with streetwear elements in a sharp tailored silhouette. Inspirations include circus performers, Pearly Kings and Queens and ballgowns. They have gained celebrity fans in Anna Wintour, Gwyneth Paltrow and Claudia Schiffer, have a mass-market presence with a range for Topshop and launched their menswear line in 2003, worn by more famous fans, Ewan McGregor and David Bowie. Who can blame them for loving a good bit of British preening?
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