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Julian J Smith

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Julian J SmithDESIGNER NAME: Julian J Smith

BACKGROUND:
Julian began work at Roland Mouret straight after graduating from the Royal College of Art, “I learned a lot working with Roland. It was great to be exposed to that high level of design where flattering the female form is top priority. I learned about which fabrics drape well, which fabrics give structure and the differences between dress styles - a little corseted cocktail dress is far away (in feeling) from a languid 1920s inspired frock.”
He is part of River Island Design Forum, “I’m so happy to be part of the project. It’s nice to see how passionate River Island and the British Fashion Council are about supporting up and coming talent in the industry.”

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: “Making stage pieces for Beth Ditto and also having Victoria Beckham wear one of my dresses.”

CULTURAL INFLUENCES: “African fabrics, Op Art, contemporary furniture design. I like bold, bright and slightly crude things.”

IDEAL CLIENT: “A young Grace Jones at a festival or in a club! She has an irreverence; a ‘devil-may-care’ attitude. She is brave enough to wear strong colour.”

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