Right after London Fashion Week, and having visited Emma J Shipley’s corner at the London Fashion Weekend event – I was able to ask her a couple of burning questions I had.
Her talent as an artist and designer is breathtaking with her detailed pencil hand-drawn pictures of nature, landscapes and animals, and here I wanted to find out how it all happened…All her hand-drawings are printed in Italy on high-end fine fabrics such as cashmere, silk and wool and then made into scarves.
Here were my 5 burning questions to her –
KV: Where did it all start?
EJS: I studied Textiles at the Royal College of Art and knew I wanted to do my own thing after that. My graduate collection was picked up by Browns on South Molten Street and it all took off from there.
KV: Where do you take your inspirations from?
EJS: Patterns in nature, their innate irregularity and the scientific basis behind them. Also so many other things, from films to children’s books, painters and photographers. I was really inspired by the artist Joan Fontcuberta in my latest collection, as well as colour from Wes Anderson’s Grand Budapest Hotel.
KV: Who do you admire and really like in the fashion industry and why?
EJS: Anne Tyrrell MBE, who sadly passed away recently, was a great mentor to me, as I worked for her for a number of years during and after my studies. She was truly passionate about her work and the industry, and was a constant inspiration.
KV: Do you think you’ll stick with only scarves or will your designs grow into something more?
EJS: We have recently launched our first women’s wear collection, featuring my signature hand-drawn designs in simple shapes and beautiful Italian silks. Perfect for luxurious holiday dressing or layering in the city. We also have new products launching later this year – so watch this space!
KV: What are you doing after London Fashion Week?
EJS: I took a trip to Atlanta in the US as one of the winners of the Guardian and UPS trade mission, while the rest of my team showed the new collection at Paris Fashion Week. It’s really important for me to explore new markets and the US is really appealing to me. Now I’m back in London and starting working on the new collection in the studio.
KV: Where can someone buy your scarves at the moment?
EJS: On our website which has our complete collection or in London I would recommend Heading to Liberty or Fortnum & Mason to see the pieces in person.
Your Style is offering a select number of Emma J Shipley scarves available to see, try-on and purchase online in Switzerland! Call +41 79 264 34 88 or email email@example.com to set up an appointment to see them!
Emma J Shipley’s new women’s ready-to-wear collection (the above photo is from this collection – inspired by renaissance paintings and medieval fairytales) offers wide-leg trousers, flowing shirts and silk kaftans. View the video here for more information on this collection.
Emma J Shipley
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Photography: Claire Huish, Styling: Coline Bach, Hair & Make-Up: Elaine Lynskey, Model: Charlotte at FM Models, Fashion Assistant: Lucinda Vincent