After graduating from London’s Central Saint Martins in 1992, Giles Deacon worked with Jean Charles De Castelbajac in Paris for two years. And from 1998 until 2002 he designed at Bottega Veneta and the Gucci Group. In February 2004 Giles presented his first eponymous collection at the Chelsea Pensioners’ Club at the Chelsea Royal Hospital. The show was styled by Katie Grand with music by Steve Mackey of Pulp and lighting by John Akehurst. Models included Karen Elson, Eva Herzigova and Nadja Auerman. The collection was featured in US, British, Japanese, Italian and French Vogue, as well as W, Harper’s Bazaar, POP and i-D and was bought by Harvey Nichols, Liberty and Selfridges.
Giles was soon collecting awards, starting in 2004 with the British Fashion Awards’ Best New Designer. This was followed by Giles winning Elle Best New Designer in 2005, British Designer of the Year at the British Fashion Awards in 2006 and Fashion Designer of the Year at the GQ Awards in 2009. In the same year, Giles won the prestigious ANDAM award and showcased his Spring/Summer 2010 collection during Paris Fashion Week. This led to Giles being asked to be special guest at the prestigious Pitti W event in Florence in 2010, where he showed Pre-Fall 2010. Giles was Creative Director at Emanuel Ungaro from 2010 to 2011. In April 2012 he was awarded Fashion Designer of the Year by The World Fashion Channel in Moscow.
In 2016, Giles moved away from ready to wear and joined the Paris couture schedule. When designing a couture collection, Deacon infuses each piece with its own individual character and intricate detailing. All the prints, fabrics, embroideries and samples are developed and made in the Giles Deacon atelier in London and the silk jacquards are woven in Suffolk by storied companies. Each collection consists of special daywear and elaborate eveningwear that Giles describes as “English couture with global appeal”. With one-off commissions also taken, Giles Deacon couture caters to clients looking for something truly unique.
Giles continues to have a strong following among celebrities, models and influencers. Those he has dressed includes: Thandie Newton, Kate Moss, Kristen Scott Thomas, Drew Barrymore, Kylie Minogue, Lily Allen, Daisy Lowe, Daphne Guinness, Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow, Carey Mulligan, Cate Blanchett, Gwendoline Christie, Erin O’Connor, Anna Cleveland, Laura Bailey, Jade Parfitt, Solange Knowles, Paloma Faith, Kate Hudson, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kate Beckinsale.
Most recently, Giles designed the wedding dress of Pippa Middleton, sister of Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, in May 2017.
Aside from fashion design, Giles is an established illustrator. His work has been exhibited widely, appeared in publications including Interview, The Face, Pop, I-D, Dutch and Arena Homme Plus, and has informed print designs within his collections.
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