london's female designers shaping the industry: part one
London has the highest number of female designers in fashion, with women leading the charge at some of the most successful and forward-thinking labels and fashion houses in the world. As London Fashion Week kicks off, we team with Sarah Mower, MBE, to...
Hannah Weiland, Shrimps
Why do you think London is a hotbed for female talent? I think girls can give other girls the confidence they need to go out there and do it. What advice would you give young girls hoping to follow in your footsteps? To trust your gut and don't be scared of failure.
Which woman in fashion has been most instrumental in your career? Louise Wilson, for having such an incredible memory and for her sense of humour. What advice would you give young girls hoping to follow in your footsteps? Ask for help from people around you. What are the advantages of women making women's clothes? I think of what I want to wear everyday which helps, but I also imagine if I was a boy what I would be wearing, I find both very inspirational.
Why is London a hotbed for female talent? I hadn't realised it was until now, but it makes me feel good about London! London's female designers are... all V NICE, well the ones I've met are anyway. What are the advantages of women making women's clothes? It's good to not be too objective. Which woman in fashion has been the most instrumental in your career? Claire Barrow. She got onto Fashion East a season before me and has helped me so much, listening to me moan and giving me confidence to be myself and have fun. What advice would you give young girls hoping to follow in your footsteps? Don't worry, be happy!
London's female designers… rock because the city still has the best energy for innovative design. Which woman in fashion has been most instrumental in your career? Vivienne Westwood. Going to her shows in the early 80s changed my opinion on fashion. Before then I'd always seen fashion as dictatorial and safe, but this was the first time I felt a connection. What are the advantages of women making women's clothes? Female designers understand the body and this adds an extra element of confidence. What advice would you give young girls hoping to follow in your footsteps? Recognise what you have to offer. Make sure it's more than a whim or you're wasting your time.
Photography and artwork Quentin Jones
Hair Kei Terada using Bumble and bumble at Julian Watson Agency. Make-up Rebecca Wordingham at Saint Luke's using H&M Beauty. Photography assistance Gareth Horton. Digital technician Tanya Houghton, Morgan Brown. Hair assistance Issey Hyde and Ami Fujita. Make-up assistance Gareth Harris, Holly Reza and Molly Nicholas. Designers Amie Robertson. Anna Laub. Ashley Williams. Astrid Andersen. Caitlin Price. Claire Barrow. Cozette McCreery. Danielle Romeril. Faustine Steinmetz. Fran Stringer. Hannah Weilland. Helen Lawrence. Holly Fulton. Luella Bartley. Margaret Howell. Marta Almeida. Marta Jakubowski. Martine Rose. Mimi Wade. Molly Goddard. Pam Hogg. Phoebe English. Roksanda Ilincic. Sam McCoach. Simone Rocha. Sophia Webster. Thea Bregazzi.