Friday, January 06, 2012

Moda de la Mode Interviews Karen Radley

Scoop International opens it's doors once again this February for the third season of Scoop Fashion Show held at London's glamorous Saatchi Gallery. Over 150 international fashion, footwear and accessory labels will come together to showcase their collections in the middle of the current 'Gesamtkunstwerk' exhibition.

Over the past thirty years, fashion has played a prominent role in the life of Karen Radley, founder of Scoop International and she has been surrounded by the industry from a young age. Her father was a textile manufacturer and Karen began earning her stripes assisting him before eventually branching out alone to run her own sales agency, Quorum. Looking back over her career, it is safe to say that Quorum acted as a catalyst allowing her to work with some of the industry's key names such as: Betty Jackson, Ossie Clark, Celia Birtwell, Alice Pollock, the list goes on...

The trigger for establishing Scoop came when many buyers that Karen worked with, mentioned that their budgets for travelling had been cut back. Retailers were also keen to see something new and different being showcased and it became clear that these problems needed addressing urgently. With these issues in mind, Karen acted quickly to make Scoop develop from an idea to reality, something which has proved to be the most challenging and rewarding experience of her life so far.

Moda de la Mode has been lucky enough to interview Karen Radley before this year's Scoop International  to find out what is in store for us next month.

Describe a typical day for you?
My dog wakes me every morning with a kiss at 6.50am and then it is all go. Everyday is different and now as we are near the show, I am at the Saatchi Gallery constantly.

Tell me, what has been the highlight of your career so far?
Helping to organise a retrospective exhibition at the V&A for Ossie Clark.

What has been the best piece of advice you have received?
It is from the designer Alice Pollock who told me to always make sure I can do the job myself before I delegate to someone else.

In your opinion, what is the must see section of Scoop 2012? 
Scoop is not like any other show as it will always look different and fresh. Scoop is being curated at the current 'Gesamtkunstwerk' exhibition at the Saatchi gallery. We are delighted to have many labels showing for the first time at Scoop: Hunky Dory, Juli Ju, Lavenham, Orla Kiely, Marion Foale, Gloverall, Barbara Boner, Hartford, Studio Nicolson, Gat Rimon, Robert Clergerie and many more.

Why should people attend Scoop?
Because it brings together within one of the most stylish art galleries in London, a premium selection of emerging and established contemporary fashion designers.

If you are interested in attending Scoop International (12-14th February 2012) then please visit their website for more information and to book tickets.

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