This is my portfolio for my fashion styling work and to show some of my own fashion designs.
I work closely with photographer Carl Ryan at the moment and my partner model Eliza C. So if we can be of help as a team or as individuals please let us know. We can be booked for model portfolios, editorial work, and events such as fashion shows. We have a good relationship with several top fashion hair stylists including Ceri Cushen (London) Lara Johnson (Swansea); and have remarkable locations available and access to props such as a vintage Bugatti, world war II vehicles etc.
We also work closely with milliner Pippa Eastman with whom I share an Art Gallery/Boutique.
This was the most recent editorial I worked on as stylist (credited) :
This was a shoot I styled with Ceri Cushen of Robert Masciave for Sheradon Dublin publishd in Retox magazine:
I have been a professional Fine Artist for 28 years, and also so some fashion design. I also do wardrobe styling for shoots; and have a few private clients whom I style. I also do a little photography. I ocassionally book models for editorial shoots, my own artwork, and even burlesque shows which I promote from time to time. I have worked with a number of fashion photographers and publications in the last few years.
Here for example I styled Leonnax and Eliza C and did the shoot and even designed some of the clothing.
My fashion label was as much a Fine Art concept as a fashion collection; and my designs I think were influential in bringing back shoulder pads, mutton sleeves, and full skirt cut jackets that we have subsequently seen used by other designers and high street stores. The label was conceived as outfitting for ladies who attend horse racing and equestrian events; so it was very 'tweed with a twist'. Traditional elegance with a bit of fetish inspired edge.
This was the design that won the Fashion Award at the Cheltenham festival 2011 modelled by Eliza C and subsequently influenced UK fashion collections:
My collection was about using natural materials such as tweed, leather and fur. I sourced these myself so saw how the acitivities of peoples in rural communities such as the Hebrides, Patagonia, the Czech Republic and the Arctic producing such protects the environment. Having helped with recycling in the past; I have also seen the terrible legacy of wasteful use of synthetics which end up in landfills. Not to mention the general poor quality of drape and movement with such. I wanted to make garments that were valued, empowering to women, long lasting in style and wear so become a permanent part of the ladies wardrobe; and eventually recyclable. Expensive to produce; especially working with a seamstress instead of mass production; but not overly expensive retail. Prices from £975 to £1450 for example for a couture jacket made to client's measurements with tweed and fur and/or highest quality velvet.
The inspiration came from the 1940's, Edwardian and 1930's and other periods and themes; ranging from Sacher Masoch to the early pioneering aviatrix. Essentially it was about empowering women through femme fatale glamour; using sustainable high quality natural materials.
At present I am just doing the designs made to measure - every one slightly different in terms of colour and material so they are unique. I have taken my website down pending a new collection when time and finances allow!! Basically every new piece I was doing was getting copied (but in vastly inferior materials); which is flattering but next time I do it I will be a little more prepared for taking advantage of that!
Sometimes I need fitting models but at the moment won't be doing a new collection for at least 6 months.
I also sometimes restore and restyle couture vintage furs for resale. I don't restyle your grannies as it is generally prohibitive cost wise. The furs can be part of my shoot styling service if you require exceptionally high quality period furs; the style you'd get in a film noir classic get in touch:
Editorial for Sharpe Designs shot by Carl Ryan:
My Art website is here:
Here are a few examples of my Art pieces:
This one I designed the Edwardian inspired riding jacket as well as doing the pin up watercolour:
Model Eliza C:
Model Ceri Cushen:
I have had a fair bit of my photography published in The Racing Post; Horse and Hound; The Daily Sport; some Czech, French and Swiss publications; in various Lifestyle magazines editorial advertorial and advertisements for boutiques etc.
And one of my painted equine subjects:
My clients include many of the top owners trainers and jockeys in horse racing including champion trainer Paul Nicholls, Grand National winning jockey Mick Fitzgerald, and the Saudi Royal family. Corporate clients have included Vodafone, Pertemps, and Ryan Air. Along with my brother Adrian we have exhibited at various London galleries such as The Mall Gallery, Harrods and Dover and Cork st galleries as well as regularly exhibiting at Cheltenham racecourse. We have also exhibited widely in Europe such as at Deauville, Pardubice, St. Moritz, Longchamps, and Chantilly.
I don't often check into my Model Mayhem account - but you can always contact me via my partner model Eliza C who does regularly.
My images inside show a few of the photoshoots I have styled and shot; and some of the clothing I designed.
Then here are a couple where I have styled the shoot wardrobe wise with model Eliza C in this case for Sheradon Dublin: