Giles Deacon on Carving Out His Own Fashion Calendar
The Business of Fashion Podcast
The designer speaks with BoF's Imran Amed about the importance of creative autonomy in a time of 'product for more product’s sake.' LONDON, United Kingdom — Designer Giles Deacon’s list of clients is impressive, including Billie Porter, Sarah Jessica Parker and the New York City ballet, while his runway shows were once counted as one of the most exciting events at London Fashion Week. But a few years ago, he decided to leave all that behind, focusing on growing his private client business instead. In the latest episode of The BoF Podcast, Deacon spoke with BoF Founder and Editor-in-Chief Imran Amed about what it's been like to buck the system in a meaningful way. After a few years working in the fashion industry, Deacon became disillusioned by the pace of production. “[It] was about designing more and more product for more product’s sake,” he said. So he decided to return to his art school days, focusing on craftsmanship and elaborate designs. For Deacon, creative autonomy is crucial. If couture designers are to deliver spectacular garments, they need time and artistic independence. “The beauty of the bespoke is to be able to work with the client to give them that sense of service and exclusivity,” said Deacon, adding that his network of VIP customers has grown organically through word of mouth. Lockdown hasn’t stopped Deacon from working over the past few months. "I have been doing sketching, consultations and FedExing patterns,” he said. “It’s gotten smaller, but things still move along.” Looking to the future, Deacon said social distancing measures have prompted him to rethink his own practices. “I have become more conscious of my travelling… [Once lockdown restrictions are lifted, I may travel] less but possibly for longer.” Related Articles: Giles Deacon on the Inspiration and Couture Craft Behind Pippa Middleton's Wedding Dress Why Fashion 'Seasons' Are Obsolete A Proposal for Rewiring the Fashion System Watch and listen to more #BoFLIVE conversations here. To contact The Business of Fashion with comments, questions, or speaker ideas please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Sign up for BoF’s Daily Digest newsletter. Ready to become a BoF Professional? For a limited time, enjoy 25% discount on an annual membership, exclusively for podcast listeners. Simply, click here, select the Annual Package and use code PODCASTPRO at the checkout. For all sponsorship enquiries, it’s: email@example.com.
The Value of Fashion: Designer Giles Deacon in conversation with Tim Blanks
Listen to fashion designer Giles Deacon - the imposing embodiment of modern couture - in conversation with Tim Blanks, one of the foremost voices in fashion and Editor at Large of the Business of Fashion. Deacon's designs express a very particular sensibility. Glamorous but dark. Sumptuous but slightly macabre. They are the kind of clothes that imbue their wearer with extraordinary character. But it tends to be extraordinary characters who are best equipped to wear them. Every dress tells a story. Therefore every wearer is a storyteller. Which makes Giles a master narrator of modern couture. Tim Blanks probes his psyche and finds out how and why Giles fits into contemporary fashion. Tim has written for Vogue, GQ, The Financial Times, Interview, Fantastic Man and Arena Homme Plus. In the 2013 CFDA Awards he was awarded the media award in honour Eugenia Sheppard, the premier industry award for fashion journalism.