ART SCHOOL focuses on redefining the limitations of ready-to-wear fashion blurring the lines of menswear and womenswear to create a modern representation of unisex clothes. Directed by the creative partnership of Eden Loweth and Tom Barratt the label is informed by the designers’ backgrounds as menswear and art criticism graduates respectively. They have worked with some of the most prominent emerging designers of the time including LVMH Prize winner Grace Wales Bonner.
Eden Loweth graduated from BA Fashion at Ravensbourne in June 2016 specialising in menswear – his graduate collection received widespread praise for its portrayal of the evolving trans body. He worked under the appraised designer Grace Wales Bonner as her personal aid for two years whilst studying and created some of the most iconic pieces of her work alongside her.
Tom Barratt graduated from BA Art Criticism, Communication and Curation at Central Saint Martins in June 2016. His studies focused on feminist film aesthetics and the communication of queer style within counter-culture. He is a practicing video artist and performer creating work related to his theoretical interests. Barratt has worked with NEWGEN designers Sadie Williams and Marta Jakubowski.
The ART SCHOOL label is a platform for the designers to express their ideas both in design and art using luxury fashion as a communicative tool to explore contemporary queerness. The founders and their friend’s non-binary gender identities inform the label, which plays a vital role within their work. ART SCHOOL aims to celebrate the idiosyncratic nature of queer style.
ART SCHOOL is a part of Fashion East Men’s Presentations AW17.