Christopher Kane's Fashion Evolution
Making his name instantly synonymous with the body-con look of 2006 with 'bandage' dresses that dazzled the front row with neon in his debut collection a mere six months after graduating from college, Kane has continued to keep the critics on his side by re-inventing his style every season since. While staying true to his formula of cutting close to the torso, and favouring geometric panels of squares and rectangles plus a corset-cups as his motif, he has successfully experimented with new textile technology every collection. He credits this skill to help from his sister Tammy, with whom he runs his label. From ingenious velvet panels on sheer mesh bodices for AW09 to creating sexy jumbo gingham dresses for SS10, which managed to breathe new life into a fabrics that might have seemed impossibly unfashionable to those with lesser imaginations. Like Miuccia Prada or Marc Jacobs, each collection this Scot produces is dramatically different from the last - though his fans love them all and anticipate each new season with suspense!
From a Scottish background, Kane has been in London since the age of 17 when he started at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, where he was to complete his Foundation, BA and MA courses. A Mozart-like degree of focus and success at a young age is a recurring theme in his story. The acclaim he has received for his collections has never been limited to London insiders, with both Anna Wintour and Donatella Versace having mentored and supported him, the latter appointing Kane as designer of the Versace second line called Versus, to add to his achievements along with several mini collections under his own name for Topshop and Scottish brand Johnston's Cashmere.