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Graduate Fashion Week Day 4- Scott Perkin

It’s the final day of graduate fashion week, and today we chat with menswear and womenswear designer Scott Perkin. Currently completing his three year degree at The Arts University College at Bournemouth, Scott has previously interned at (THE) Alexander McQueen , working on both on Womenswear Pre-Fall 2010 and also on “Plato’s Atlantis” collection. Perkin has also exhibited at Somerset House as part of the Showstudio; Fashion Revolution Exhibition 2009. If his CV wasn’t quite impressive enough, Scott was also shortlisted to design a red carpet dress for Supermodel Veronica Webb, as well as being shortlisted for the Vintage Vogue sewing competition.

PlanetNotion: What is the inspiration behind your most recent collection?

Scott Perkin: My background in sculpting, and a massive interest in engineering textiles to forms. I utilized the 21st century machinery mainly laser cutting to develop carved away prints combined with creative cutting.

PN: How would you describe your design aesthetic?

SP: Couture. I find inspiration from history, as a child I was always fascinated by pre-war history. These influences, mainly from Victorian and Georgian references, re-appear in my work continuously. I would say my style is contemporary cutting, with historical reference, mixing contrasting influences.

PN: Are there any particular construction/design techniques or fabrics/materials that you specialise in?

SP: Creative pattern cutting is the driving force behind all my work. I find working on the stand the most enjoyable of the process, I guess it comes from my sculpting background, I love the hands on approach.

PN: Are there any designers that have influenced your work or that you admire?

SP: Alexander McQueen, even more so after my internship there, on the S/S 10 collection and beginning of “Plato’s Atlantis”. He was an amazing cutter in respect to the construction of clothing. I tend to draw influence more from non designer, i.e. artists and illustrators: Peter Randal Page and Barbara Hepworth I find fascinating in forms and scale and a lot of the print ideas are influenced by painting and contemporary illustration.

PN: What are your hopes for the future?

SP: To be successful, to collaborate with other creatives to produce interesting work. Possibly have my own collections.

PN: In terms of employment and support, how do you feel the climate in the fashion industry is for recent graduates? Do feel it is a challenging time to be graduating?

SP: This is a tough time for employment, with many companies making cuts. I do feel as a graduate it is a hard time, most companies are looking for experienced staff. It just means we have to be proactive, work harder and create our own opportunities.

PN: How do you see yourself developing and growing as a designer?

SP: The life of a creative I believe is a life of learning, new methodologies and technology all will effect the way we work and develop ourselves and I am looking very much forward to it. I enjoy learning, finding out new techniques, ideas, processes, it’s fun, just like when you’re a child, mesmerized by everything.

PN: The British fashion industry is world renowned for its creativity and new design talent. How does it feel to be included in this exciting and respected sector?

SP: Ask me in a few years when I have more of a step hold, as a graduate I don’t think I’m able to judge this fairly. But the London fashion sector does have some amazing opportunities I intend to take full advantage of.

PN: If you could work with any designer for a day who would it be?

SP: The Haute Couture team at Dior, their couture is always so beautiful, and I would enjoy learning some new “tricks”.

PN: Who would you love to dress or to see in your clothes? Your ideal customer?

SP: To create individual pieces that are special to the person wearing them, people like Daphne Guinness, Rihanna, Dannii Minogue just to mention a few, as well as to be able to tailor my designs to a more accessible market.

See more on Scott’s label, Scottacus Anthony here: scottacusanthony.com


-Kathryn Duncan

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