LAUNCHED in 2005 as a joint initiative between Topman and Fashion East, MAN always provides plenty for the menswear fashion scene to get stuck into: three different designers with three very different takes on life.
First up today was Craig Green, who graduated from Central Saint Martins’ MA course in February last year and received the L’Oreal Professionel Creative Award as he did so.
“It’s about shadows and reflections, each outfit had a replica of it behind in black, it’s meant to be quite dark,” elaborated the designer backstage, noting his fine art background to be a key influence. “I sort of fell into fashion and it always goes back to art. I wanted my show to be a performance in some ways,” he said.
DESIGNER NAMES: Agi Mdumulla and Sam Cotton
ORIGIN: Agi is from Yorkshire and Sam is from Stratford-Upon-Avon.
BACKGROUND: Agi studied Fashion Design at Manchester School of Art and Sam studied Illustration at University of Lincoln. While producing print for Alexander McQueen, Karl Lagerfeld, J.W. Anderson, Armand Basi and Carolyn Massey, he learnt the theory of production, colour and fabric. Agi trained at a Soho based tailors, before spending a year with Alexander McQueen working alongside the menswear team. At McQueen, he learned primarily the importance of research, and the extent at which creativity can be explored. He then went on to work for himself briefly before setting up Agi & Sam.
image credit: Agi&Sam