On Friday evening, the Semple team descended on the V&A for an evening focussed around one of Britain’s emerging, new talents…Craig Lawrence. The soiree in question was the famous ‘Fashion in Motion’ event, which is held regularly by the V&A and has played host to some of the biggest names in fashion history.
Set in the magnificent Raphael Gallery, the fashion show depicted the sophisticated, playful and elegant side of Lawrence’s work whilst showing off the collection’s craftsmanship and creativity. Models wearing dresses crafted from an unlikely array of materials such as safety tape and sweet wrappers paraded down the runway followed closely after a selection of Lawrence’s iconic knitted dresses. Each dress wowed the audience with it’s innovative and creative approach to fashion which sometimes verged on the avant garde.
Craig Lawrence was born in Ipswich but moved to London to study at Central Saint Martins and it was from here that he graduated in 2009. He began working with Gareth Pugh producing knitted pieces for Pugh’s collections whilst he was still a student. It was this determination, skill and talent, which caught the eye of the British Fashion Council and with the help of their NewGen programme; he was able to set up his own label.
Since then Craig Lawrence has been pushing boundaries and reaching new heights of possibility with his designs. His work has been recognised and admired by the whole world and earlier this year, he managed to have a spectacular knitted foil dress put on display as part of the V&A’s Ballgowns exhibition.
There is no end to this designer’s talents…Watch a short clip of the show to see what it was really like: