Pushing My Boundaries At Central Saint Martins
Wes Gordon | Fashion Designer

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Wes Gordon is a New York-based fashion designer known for infusing his pieces with luxury and timeless sophistication with a youthful edge. His designes have been worn by the liked of Lena Dunham, Michelle Obama and Miranda Kerr.

Raised in Atlanta, Georgia, Gordon grew up surrounded by the grace and romance of the South. Enamored with high fashion from an early age, Gordon developed a keen interest in the way people express themselves through clothing. Gordon enrolled in the famously competitive Central Saint Martins University of Art and Design in London. Between school semesters, Gordon honed his skills by interning with two industry icons – Oscar de la Renta and Tom Ford.

Upon graduation in 2009, Gordon launched his eponymous line of womenswear and presented his first collection in February at the Fall/Winter 2010 New York Fashion Week.

Wes Gordon has appeared in major national/international publications and has developed a celebrity following. Press and retailers alike praise Gordon for his combination of classic techniques and modern designs.

Additional accolades include the 2012 FGI Rising Star Award, 2012 finalist in the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund and 2-time recipient of the coveted Swarovski Collective sponsorship (Spring 2013 and Spring 2014).

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When you’re in art school Saint Martins, especially in London, it’s about just totally letting your freak flag fly – just pushing yourself creatively as much as possible. And I think I knew, this is my time where I can really do something ridiculous.

So I set out, and for my graduation, I found a glass blower in South London, and I’d go to his studio, and we made big collars out of blow glass, and I bought a set of blown glass, and the school was so scared, and the girls had to wear flats, and they had to like walk very slowly, because if someone fell, it would have been such a disaster.

And you know, art school is a really good way to kind of do that and play with that and kind of figure out your voice a little bit. But I don’t feel restrained every day that I’m not able to make a collection out of glass.

What speaks to me the most is a dress that you’re gonna put on and wear for the next decade and love how you look in it. So, to me, it’s much more fun actually working in the industry.

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Cinematography: Danielle Calodney & Andi Velazquez

Interviewed by: Laura Lehmann

Edited by: Ethan Young




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