OBJECTS OF DESIRE: FASHION, CREATION, AND INNOVATION RECONSIDERED
Christopher Kane, Fashion Designer & British High Fashion Revivalist
While completing his MA in fashion design at Central Saint Martins College, Christopher Kane realised his defining ambition was to start his own label in partnership with his elder sister, Tammy Kane. Christopher Kane, the label, started in 2006. It was begun almost immediately after Kane’s graduation, capitalising on the success of his award winning MA collection that had gathered much media attention. Christopher Kane is now widely acknowledged to have spearheaded a revival of British high fashion.
Kane collaborations extend into music, whereby he designed costumes for Kylie Minogue's music video "2 Hearts". On 18 October 2007, he collaborated with Beth Ditto for luxury label Swarovski's Fashion Rocks show held at the Royal Albert Hall to critical acclaim. In addition to designing his own label and consulting at Versace, he is also part of Atlier Swarovski, a small collective of designers who create special jewellery collections for Swarovski.
In January 2013 Kering announced that they had purchased a 51 per cent share of the company. The purchase prompted a sea change in fashion, with other luxury goods conglomerates also starting to invest in designers’ own houses once more.
Christopher Kane’s collections are distributed in over 30 countries across more than 150 wholesale accounts. In February 2015 the brand opened its first flagship store in London, which is situated on Mount Street, Mayfair, with further plans to open 'shop in shops' with key retail partners. Kane was awarded the Women’s Wear Designer of the Year award at the 2013 British Fashion Awards at the London Coliseum.