A self-confessed 'prolific illustrator', Giles' famous sketches have been published many times in the likes of Vogue, Harper's Bazaar and LOVE magazine, plus were the basis for the first Giles x Aspinal collaboration collection. Viewers can listen to Giles talk through his passion while teaching the tricks and tips of how to recreate one of his incredible 'girls' illustrations at home.
Go behind the scenes with Giles with a step by step guide of how to draw his iconic 'girls' illustrations.
What you will need:
• A sketchbook or sheets of paper
• Sketching pen or pencil of your choice, this can be a felt tip pen, watercolour, gel pen whatever you like sketching with
Giles Deacon is a London based Fashion Designer, Creative Director, Illustrator and the Design Director of Aspinal of London. Upon graduating from Central St Martins School of Art he worked in Paris and Milan for the Gucci group amongst others. After launching his eponymous label in A/W2004 Giles went on to win "Best New Designer" at the British Fashion Awards before receiving "British Designer of the Year" two years later. Since 2016 the label has specialised in couture and continues to receive international acclaim and is included in important exhibitions and collections such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Victoria and Albert Museum. As a prolific illustrator Giles has designed prints and artworks as well as outside commissions and has published work in Vogue, LOVE, Harper's Bazaar, The New York Times and Vanity Fair.
What made you pursue a career in design?
I knew I always wanted to work in a creative field, as I loved drawing and music, this led me doing an art foundation course where I stumbled upon fashion and it snowballed from there, going to St Martins School of Art and beyond!
Which part of your job do you enjoy the most?
The idea and the execution are some of the most favourite aspects of my job, the fact that you can have an idea in the morning and by the end of the day it can be real in 3D never ceases to inspire and amaze me, also the people I work with.
Do you have a favourite era of style?
Pretty much all era's have some element that inspires me, medieval textiles, 60's street photography, 50's couture, 70's flamboyance so I really cherry-pick from elements of each era rather than one specific as a favourite.
What is your personal design style?
My personal design style I think is modern British with a playful flamboyance rooted in quality and craftsmanship.
Where do you seek inspiration?
As a designer you develop areas of research that you go back to help develop and inform your creative vocabulary, my go-to return areas are the arts, film, ballet, music mixed with nature and a dash of technology