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Above: 1.-8. George Clarke & his collection at iD International Emerging Designer Awards 2019

ARTS THREAD talks to Menswear designer George Clarke about his streetwear label GEC®, his success at ID International Emerging Designer Awards 2019 and his top tips for 2019 fashion graduates.

ARTS THREAD: Please tell us a little about your background?

George Clarke: I am a London-based Menswear Designer. I established my streetwear label GEC® Collection in 2017 based around the exploration of surrounding identities and influenced by street culture. I graduated with a BA Fashion Design degree from Bath Spa University in 2018, achieving finalist positions with British Fashion Council, Teatum Jones and Levi’s. I showed my first 8-outfit collection at GFW18 at London's Truman Brewery, where I was a finalist in the Sustainable Denim Design Awards. I was also a fashion illustration finalist for Cass Art and London Collage of Fashion, with my work displayed in The Art Spaces gallery, Glasgow.

I was a finalist at the ID International Emerging Designer Awards 2019 in New Zealand, where I won the Blunt™ Designer Award and my graphics will be used on a limited addition collection of Blunt™ products, sold worldwide.

See George Clarke's website and ARTS THREAD Portfolio



ARTS THREAD: Please tell us about the collection you showed at iD International Emerging Designer Awards?

George Clarke: My collection Freedom of Expression explores mental health. After considering the effects of mental illness on society, I became interested in the idea of feeling trapped in one’s own mind, which lead me to look at prison uniforms and straitjackets. These are referenced in his collection using denim, orange accents and re-constructed jackets. Contrasting the idea of imprisonment, I used a graphic print based on a drawing by my six-year-old son. The print symbolises freedom of expression, which is the underlying message I seek to communicate through my clothing.

I an extremely passionate about denim and also streetwear and street culture and also by abandoned buildings and derelict areas for textures and prints and fabric manipulation. I’m obsessed with creating and developing new designs and prints, and constructing garments; to take new, innovative approaches to streetwear.

ARTS THREAD: What do you hope will come from showing in New Zealand?

George Clarke: Winning the Blunt™ Designer Award was a huge success for me, as this will allow my work to be brought worldwide in limited addition collaboration with Blunt™. I wish for more people to see my work and hopefully this can expose me internationally. But the overall experience was amazing and a huge step in my journey as an emerging designer, and I made some amazing friends and new contacts.

ARTS THREAD: What are your top 3 tips for fashion design students graduating in 2019?

George Clarke: Enjoy every experience you go through, fashion has its tough times, but each one is an experience, which will help you, grow and improve as a designer.

Never stop learning, push yourself at every challenge, and broaden your education in fashion to really find out what you enjoy doing the most.

Never give up! You can achieve whatever you desire with dedication and hard work.

ARTS THREAD: How has ARTS THREAD helped you in your career?

George Clarke: ARTS THREAD has been a huge help within my fashion career; your portfolio is what employers value the most and ARTS THREAD allows you to showcase your work on an amazing platform.

Through my studying, ARTS THREAD gave me the amazing opportunities to apply for competitions and I have successfully become a finalist in multiple competitions through ARTS THREAD. I have worked very closely with ARTS THREAD and they have supported and helped me get more exposure through media, also offering advice when progressing in my career.

ARTS THREAD: Thank you George! We wish you all success in your career!

See George Clarke's website for more

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Above: 1.-8. George Clarke & his collection at iD International Emerging Designer Awards 2019

ARTS THREAD talks to Menswear designer George Clarke about his streetwear label GEC®, his success at ID International Emerging Designer Awards 2019 and his top tips for 2019 fashion graduates.

ARTS THREAD: Please tell us a little about your background?

George Clarke: I am a London-based Menswear Designer. I established my streetwear label GEC® Collection in 2017 based around the exploration of surrounding identities and influenced by street culture. I graduated with a BA Fashion Design degree from Bath Spa University in 2018, achieving finalist positions with British Fashion Council, Teatum Jones and Levi’s. I showed my first 8-outfit collection at GFW18 at London's Truman Brewery, where I was a finalist in the Sustainable Denim Design Awards. I was also a fashion illustration finalist for Cass Art and London Collage of Fashion, with my work displayed in The Art Spaces gallery, Glasgow.

I was a finalist at the ID International Emerging Designer Awards 2019 in New Zealand, where I won the Blunt™ Designer Award and my graphics will be used on a limited addition collection of Blunt™ products, sold worldwide.

See George Clarke's website and ARTS THREAD Portfolio



ARTS THREAD: Please tell us about the collection you showed at iD International Emerging Designer Awards?

George Clarke: My collection Freedom of Expression explores mental health. After considering the effects of mental illness on society, I became interested in the idea of feeling trapped in one’s own mind, which lead me to look at prison uniforms and straitjackets. These are referenced in his collection using denim, orange accents and re-constructed jackets. Contrasting the idea of imprisonment, I used a graphic print based on a drawing by my six-year-old son. The print symbolises freedom of expression, which is the underlying message I seek to communicate through my clothing.

I an extremely passionate about denim and also streetwear and street culture and also by abandoned buildings and derelict areas for textures and prints and fabric manipulation. I’m obsessed with creating and developing new designs and prints, and constructing garments; to take new, innovative approaches to streetwear.

ARTS THREAD: What do you hope will come from showing in New Zealand?

George Clarke: Winning the Blunt™ Designer Award was a huge success for me, as this will allow my work to be brought worldwide in limited addition collaboration with Blunt™. I wish for more people to see my work and hopefully this can expose me internationally. But the overall experience was amazing and a huge step in my journey as an emerging designer, and I made some amazing friends and new contacts.

ARTS THREAD: What are your top 3 tips for fashion design students graduating in 2019?

George Clarke: Enjoy every experience you go through, fashion has its tough times, but each one is an experience, which will help you, grow and improve as a designer.

Never stop learning, push yourself at every challenge, and broaden your education in fashion to really find out what you enjoy doing the most.

Never give up! You can achieve whatever you desire with dedication and hard work.

ARTS THREAD: How has ARTS THREAD helped you in your career?

George Clarke: ARTS THREAD has been a huge help within my fashion career; your portfolio is what employers value the most and ARTS THREAD allows you to showcase your work on an amazing platform.

Through my studying, ARTS THREAD gave me the amazing opportunities to apply for competitions and I have successfully become a finalist in multiple competitions through ARTS THREAD. I have worked very closely with ARTS THREAD and they have supported and helped me get more exposure through media, also offering advice when progressing in my career.

ARTS THREAD: Thank you George! We wish you all success in your career!

See George Clarke's website for more

ARTS THREAD Newsletter

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Interest

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Written by Honor Rose Cooper Hedges
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November 10th, 2022
Written by ARTS THREAD Europe Editor
Product Design, Textiles, Ceramics
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January 17th, 2023
Written by Honor Rose Cooper Hedges
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