Gareth Wrighton

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Gareth David Mark Wrighton (born 25 May 1993) is a British Fashion Designer, Video Game Designer, Photographer, Stylist and Multidisciplinary artist, best known for making one-off handmade garments inspired by virtuality in the fashion industry. He launched his eponymous knitwear brand in 2019 under the Fashion East initiative.

Wrighton in 2019.

Gareth Wrighton

Early Life and Education

 

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  5. (6 June 2017) "take me to wonderland, baby". i-D online.

  6. ^ Manatakis, Lexi (29 August 2018) “The fantasy world of Ib Kamara, Kristin-Lee Moolman, and Gareth Wrighton”. Dazed Digital.

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  17. Neel, Julia (19 February 2019) “This was one of the most polished outings from Lulu Kennedy’s Fashion East showcase in recent seasons.” Womenswear Daily.

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Crocheted cotton horned skull mask featured in 'Don't Jealous Me' segment of Black Is King, styled by Ib Kamara and directed by Emmanuel Adjei

Still Life made with James Spencer, 2017

Wrighton was born on 25 May 1993 in Watford, Hertfordshire, to a Welsh father and English mother. He grew up in the suburbs of London with an older brother, and showed great interest in Art from an early age.

 

In 2011, Wrighton began his studies at Central Saint Martins in London, England.

 

In 2014, Wrighton launched ebaE, an online shop and magazine oriented towards young people.

 

Throughout his studies, he worked as a photographic collaborator with designer Charles Jeffrey.

 

Wrighton graduated in 2016, his final project The Maul, an online shop and interactive video game was

exhibited at the London Design Festival.

 

 

Fashion career

In June 2017, Wrighton moved to Johannesburg, South Africa, to live with stylist Ib Kamara and photographer

Kristin-Lee Moolman. The three worked on ‘Soft Criminal,’ a body of experimental styling imagery made

alongside a 22-look collection of costumes. In September 2018, Wrighton, Kamara and Moolman showed Soft

Criminal at Red Hook Labs in Brooklyn, New York.

 

Wrighton has also supported Kamara’s styling work on commercial jobs for Beyoncé, Madonna, Rihanna and

Pirelli.

 

In February 2019, he showed “In The Pines: The Ballad of Meredith Hunter,” his Autumn/Winter 2019 collection

with Fashion East, on the London Fashion Week schedule. Inspired by the 50th anniversary of the Altamont

Speedway Free Festival, the 12-look collection explored the contradictions within Americana, the failures of the

counter-culture movement, natural disaster and police brutality.

In March 2019, Wrighton moved into the Dazed x Design District studio space in North Greenwich.

In September 2019, he showed “I’m Slowly Turning Into You: A Virtual Unreality,” his Spring/Summer 2020 collection at London Fashion Week. Described by office magazine as “Chaotic Evil,” the 15-look collection was inspired by the story of Jessi Slaughter, exploring themes of virtual reality, cyber-bullying, Lolita tropes, digital persona, and rebirth.

 

In February 2020, he presented his final Autumn/Winter 2020 collection “A Day At The Maul” at Fashion East’s first co-ed fashion show. The show was a remake of his 2016 final graduate project, exploring themes of excessive consumption, economic depression, youth revolt and the post-apocalypse, concluding his ‘American Trilogy’ series of fashion shows. 

 

Style

 

Wrighton is primarily known for his use of knitwear and reappropriation of contemporary detritus into

costume, in particular using keyboard keys, hair clips, guitar plectrums and jingle bells in his work. A

recurring figure through his work is his use of the Bunny Rabbit motif, a nod to his childhood pet rabbit,

Bazil. His trademark knit bunny ear balaclava was worn by Dua Lipa on the cover of The Face magazine

in 2019. 

 

Wrighton is known for accessible and conservative shapes and silhouettes, reimagined and rendered in

extremely intricate techniques and motifs. Simple knit pieces are often undermined by a corrupt

materiality. He is known to use vivid world building and narrative within his work, telling profound stories

through dress and costume.

Recurring themes in Wrighton's work explore structures and abuses of power, virtuality in fashion,

conspicuous consumption and the impact of fast fashion on the environment, alongside do-it-yourself

maker movements and crafting in the apocalypse, culminating in a body of work that he describes as 

"touching in the age of touchscreens."

Wrighton contrasts the grand scale of nature with an introspective view of virtuality, and the pioneering

genius of mans spirit with the deviance of the human mind. Wrighton cites the work of Bob Dylan, John

Dos Passos, and Elizabeth Holmes as inspirations.

Personal Life

 

Wrighton lives in Watford with his family and two cats.

Dua Lipa wearing custom Gareth Wrighton Bunny Ears on the cover of The Face, shot by Jeurgen Teller, styled by Danny Reed and Danielle Emerson.

The back of a cardigan at Wrighton's Autumn/Winter 2019 show.

 
 
 
 

Gallery

Rainbow Kennedy wears In The pines sweater for Luncheon 8 by Joyce Ng

Ammy Drammeh, Mischa Notcutt, Campbell Addy, Cyndia Harvey, Rhea Dillon & Gareth Wrighton, by Scott Trindle and Patrick Mackie for British Vogue January 2020.

Dua Lipa wears Ice Cream Sundae Baseball Cap for W Magazine by Tim Walker and Sara Moonves