Meet Wilson PK

It’s every fashion graduate’s dream: you create your first collection and suddenly boom! Your name goes global. Why? Because Lady Gaga sees it and has her favourite pieces shipped to her. It’s the fashion equivalent to a Willy Wonka moment with Wilson PK holding the golden ticket. One important point of difference though with the Roald Dahl classic: the Central Saint Martins graduate doesn’t owe his success to luck – he’s earned his stripes working at a variety of fashion houses including Alexander Wang, Iris Van Herpen and Craig Lawrence. In 2012 he was awarded the Umbria Cashmere District Award for his creative weaving and knitwear and although Lady Gaga’s praise gave him the most headlines, Wilson PK has also designed for Bjork. Impressive for someone who is still in his early 20s.

The A-list acquisition of his SS15 collection has somewhat clouded the beauty and message of the clothes. Called, (I’M) Purity the collection was inspired by his experience of coming out to his parents, with plenty of biblical references and subtleties relating genetic science – the complexities clearly run deep.

His AW15 collection, 100% Fragile Human, turns its attention to London’s artist communities and the paradox between the city’s skyscrapers and its run down council estates. His artfulness can be seen in the way he alloys contradictions: primary colours that are clashed with structured monotones, playful, textural knitwear justaposed with 3D printed beading and rubber mixed lambs wool.

Never mind Lady Gaga, let’s talk about the designer who’s creating his own movement in fashion design.

Full name: Wilson PK
Profession: Fashion Designer
Where you studied: Central Saint Martins
Course you studied? Fashion Design BA hons

 www.wilsonpk.com

Instagram: @wilsonpkstudio

Earliest creative memory?
Sketching all over the walls at my old house, which my mom was surprisingly cool with

You are at your best when?
After boxing or an intense workout

What did you want to be when you grew up?
A policeman

Career highlight to date?
Getting the opportunity to work with designers Alexander Wang and Iris Van Hepren along with the support I have received from Lady Gaga

What keeps you up at night?
Trying to figure out how I can make the world a better place

Where did you get those creative genes?
I would say my grandparents, my grandmother is brilliant at hand-sewing and my grandad is a master of fabric dyeing.

Can you keep a secret?
I can, but it’s hard to keep it to myself if I know it’s hurting someone.

Tell me something about yourself few people know?
When I was 14 years I was junior sergeant at the Royal Air Force while I was at boarding school.

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What 5 songs would feature on your desert island disc list?
Pure Imagination, Only Love by Ben Howard, Radioactive by Marina & the Diamonds, Intro by XX and Ocean by Hillsong United

When did you last say sorry?
Just now to my interns for being so demanding leading up to our presentation

If you had a super power what would it be?
Mind control

Who would play you in the story of your life?
Sean Hays (Jack from Will & Grace)

Where do you work best?
In my studio

If you could buy one thing for your archive what would it be?
Definitely the butterfly jacket.

Which decade represents you best and why?
The ones that lie ahead. I love reimagining the future rather than dwelling in the past

What is Luxury?
Quality

What is Fashion?
Architecture for the body.

Last time you cried?
Today, when I saw a woman without a nose begging for money in Green Park. I believe I can do more for this community.

Who was the last person you talked to on the phone?
My mother

What’s on the menu?
Lamb with veggies and quinoa.

If you could collaborate with anyone who would it be?
Francis Bacon… or just bacon

Do you have a phobia?
Yes butterflies, which funnily enough I used hundreds throughout my last collection

What did you last dream about?
I dreamt about I was on a train to an unknown destination with some friends

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