RuPaul Drag Race UK’ Stars A’Whora, Bimini Bon-Boulash walk for Art School. #WEAREINLOVE! “Over the past four and a half years, ART SCHOOL has carved out a central role in representation, diversity and inclusion. Changing the goalposts. The markers of how real people, real voices can be represented in this industry. Fall / Winter 2021, entitled Ascension, marks a new dawn for ART SCHOOL, and indeed for myself as its creative director, my first full season alone.” @artschool_london / artschool-london.com
“Ascension is a dystopian new view of the ART SCHOOL community, our place in the world and the relationships we form in trying times. It’s this last point I want to begin with. Over the past six months I have built an extraordinary team, who together, we have created this collection with the basic starting point of doing things the right way, with strong and powerful foundations. A phenomenal cast, our most diverse to date, constructed by Lucia Blayke and Emily Crooked of London Trans Pride steps out from a cloud of lightning, these figures of strength emerging from darkness.
The collection itself builds on the core values I have instilled in ART SCHOOL’s clothes from our first season. The use of the bias cut to make our clothes tolerant and easy to wear for all bodies and genders and my personal skillset in tailoring. From these foundations, the collection is built with new interpretations of our signature drape dress, this season constructed from a delicate sparkle knit, a new introduction of tailored smock coats and dresses designed for all ages and the launch of our first bag, a genderless accessory in XL and mini iterations. Millinery in collaboration with Noel Stewart adorns the models as they ascend into the light.
Ascension is designed to act as more than a collection of clothes. It is a message of hope. No matter how hard the challenges our community may face, we will emerge from the darkness. Together we will rise.
My whole heart is in this for you. Eden.”
Designer & Creative Director: Eden Loweth Styling: Katie Grand Production: Blonstein Venue: The Old Truman Brewery Casting: Lucia Blayke & Emily Crooked Make-up: Andrew Gallimore @ Of Substance using MAC Hair: Shon Hyungsun Ju @ The Wall Group Millinery: ART SCHOOL x Noel Stewart Footwear: Dr Martens Watches: ART SCHOOL x CASIO Film & Music: Madd Creative Studio Manager: Elly Beckford Art Direction: Ahonen & Lamberg Mentor: Cozette McCreery