17 September 2013 by

#Grazia360: Let Giles Deacon Give You An Exclusive Tour Of His Design Studio

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In celebration of fashion weeks around the world, we're taking our dear readers on an all-angles tour of the shows. We've brought you exclusive chats with everyone from Victoria Beckham and Edie Campbell backstage to Harry Styles on the FROW as well as taking you behind-the-scenes at shows including Michael Kors and Burberry. Giles Deacon is just one of the many top designers we've teamed up with for our #Grazia360 extravanganza and he kindly gave us an all-access pass inside his studio just two weeks before the Spring Summer 2014 collection hit London's catwalk. So do you want to see how it all comes together? Then let Mr Deacon take you on a tour of his studio...

The Test-Run Rail

“The pieces on the rail are mock-ups before the real pieces are made so they’re in various states. This dress is a test run of one of the Glen Luchford prints – we’re calling it ‘Boxing Kate’ because it’s an iconic image of Kate Moss in New York. It’s a super simple shape because with a print like that, you don’t need to do anything crazy. It’ll be a good piece for next summer – let’s get someone wearing it on the cover of Grazia!”

The Bat Attack

“I like to watch natural history documentaries and I saw a really wonderful one on bat swarms that inspired the Spring Summer 2014 collection. It led to creating hanging bat head pieces with Stephen Jones. As you can see from these initial designs, they’ve taken a whole host of different manifestations.”

The Stitchers Aisle

“At the centre of the studio, we have a table where all the fabrics are cut into the correct patterns. Once they’re signed off, it’s onto the stichers who make the designs a reality. They really feel the pressure! The pieces have to be made to a certain standard so it’s intense work, but we have very few mistakes which is wonderful – especially because the pieces can be very expensive.”

The Embroidery Desk

“The embroidery team works with Swarovski crystals to create various crystal motifs. Donald Robertson, who’s a very good painter, inspired the lip design featured in the collection. We do all the embroidery in house. We could send it elsewhere but you get a more precise and clearer finish and although it’s a painstaking job, the results are beautiful.”

The Dress Mannequins

“The dress on the left mannequin is part of the collection’s purple section. From the development of these dresses through to the finished item, it takes about three months in total. It’s very specialist work, but they’re really important show pieces so are worth the love and attention they’re given.”

The Moodboard

“My love of Instagram put me back in contact with the great British photographer and a very good friend of mine, Glen Luchford. Glen was posting unpublished Polaroids of famous shoots that he’d done in the ‘90s and they’re absolutely gorgeous. Katie Grand was working with Glen so they discussed using them as prints for the collection. We’ve now got really wonderful pieces that feature Kate Moss, Amber Valetta and even Amanda de Cadenet.”

And Finally… Clara’s Hutch

Because Giles babysits Katie Grand’s pet rabbit when she's on holiday. Aww!

Watch our exclusive video of how the show came together...

And see how the collection looked when it hit the catwalk below...


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