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On Monday, 29 April I attended the interview at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London

conducted by fashion journalist Tamsin Blanchard with innovative knitwear designer

Craig Lawrence.

During the interview, Lawrence discussed his unique approach

to knitwear design.

Craig Lawrence has always known that he wanted to pursue a career

in fashion and design.

At the age of thirteen, he learned the basics of knitting from his grandmother.

While pursing his design studies at  Central Saint Martins College,

he produced knitwear for several Gareth Pugh collections –

quite a remarkable early accomplishment.

He completed his degree in 2009 and ever since has been lauded for his

leading edge knitwear design aesthetics.

Craig Lawrence uses unconventional materials such as:

bin bags, optical fibers, barrier tape, foil and

Kyototex (a metallic covered yarn)

anything

“as long as it’s not woolly”.

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knitwear designer Craig Lawrence at work

(image from sandstromstyle.com)

Keen on form and shape, his garments are structural, architectural,

experimental, inventive

and have been worn by daring fashionistas

Bjork, Lady Gaga, Daisy Lowe, Florence Welch and Tilda Swinton.

Lady Gaga wearing Craig Lawrence

Bjork wearing Craig Lawrence

Daisy Lowe wearing Craig Lawrence

Tilda Swinton wearing Craig Lawrence

For Summer 2013, Craig Lawrence is

artist in residence at  Somerset House, London

experimenting, creating

I, for one, eagerly anticipate his next collection which is sure to be

anything but woolly.

Craig Lawrence, gold/silver foil dress

on display at Victoria and Albert Museum, Ballgowns Exhibition

S/S 2013

materials: optic fibers, fishing line

inspiration: plankton glowing in

the dark sea

(images from FASHION156.com)

From the Craig Lawrence archives:

A/W 2013

(images from vogue.co.uk):

A/W 2009

(images from vogue.co.uk):

(image from anothermag.com):