John Alexander Skleton
I work for a brute. A brother 6 years my senior. I hope you understand the implications that come with working within this territory
My line of work involves researching and consulting each collection throughout the whole process. But it’s not about just gathering a shit load of visual references from the 19th century and updating it fro the 21st.
John’s line of focus is how we can radicalise sustainable design - both pushing the boundaries of re-using materials, lowering waste and above all being an activist for slow fashion in the luxury fashion world.
But also making clothes that energise and stimulate the senses.
We are are currently in a period of over stimulation and over consumption of content - this greed is felt especially in the fashion industry - so the need to really analyse why there is any bother in even ever making clothes and publishing them to the public is vital.
For I believe fashion has become parallel to the food industry. The unlimited appetite for more product is severally damaging our planet due to that many hungry customers paying ridiculous figures both for high street fashion that mark up price is too low for its product and luxury fashion that is priced too high for its quality and content.
Hence where my role as the younger brother slots in. Both myself and John gather the meat of research for each collection. We both have a shared interest in the social political of our motherland - England - and have a passion for discovering fashion and clothing that stems the from working class communities of the different centuries.
Then comes the picking and fine tune plucking of our carcass of research. We draw out key research and ask why we want to respond to the research we have found. How can we create a honest response to this visual information of photographs and text that we have hunted.
We then like to put on a grand show every year to show our labour, imagination and point of view.