Womenswear designer Adam Jones has recently stormed into the fashion industry with his captivating designs. Having studied BA(hons) Fashion at the Manchester School of Art; Adam’s inspiring creations secured him a slot at the prestigious Graduate Fashion Week in June 2013. I caught up with him to talk about the amazing experience of his very own fashion show, and exciting plans for the future.
What made you decide to do fashion design in the first place?
I’ve always been drawing at any opportunity from a young age, or making things – fruit and vegetable animals etc at school. My grandmother was the only arty one in my family, and really supported me, I would dress my cousins up in her clothes, fur coats and crazy hats and put on shows. I have always surrounded myself with girls, and they’re always dressing up, it just felt like something I had to do, so when it came to college, I dismissed conventional A-levels and took up a National Diploma in Fashion and clothing aged 16. I just knew.
What was it like showing your collection at Graduate Fashion Week?
It was overwhelming and just a bit mental to have all those influential people looking at stuff I’d made. I got to show at the best of show and Gala shows as well, which was just too much – I was so excited, and terrified something would go wrong! I got to meet Susie Bubble, Hilary Alexander, Suzy Menkes, it was hilarious. The competition element to show at GFW between peers was not so fun, but I guess it’s the harsh reality of this industry.
If you could have any celebrity wearing one of your designs, who would it be and why?
I want the Kills’ front-woman Alison Mosshart to wear one of my leather jackets, I’m a huge fan, her energy is just incredible. Although she probably wouldn’t be able to move very well onstage in one, she’d have to rock it offstage! I love Lara Stone but I’m not sure she’d wear any of it, though I think my stuff would actually really suit Pixie Geldof.
What do you hope to be doing in 5 years’ time?
Of course, the dream is to be showing at London Fashion Week; but I just hope to be solely working on my own clothing line from my own studio. I want to have stockists, I want to see the demand for my clothes, not to be just making things without a consumer. This is not a hobby. I would love to be receiving support from NEWGEN or Fashion East.
To see more of Adam’s work, check out his blog.