Giles Deacon, a 1992 Alumnus of Saint Martin’s, launched his eponymous collection in 2004 after having worked at Bottega Veneta and the Gucci Group.
In February 2004 Giles presented his first collection at the Chelsea Pensioner’s Club at the Chelsea Royal Hospital. The show was styled by Katie Grand with music by Steve Mackey of Pulp and lighting by John Akehurst. Models included Karen Elson, Eva Herzigova and Nadja Auerman. The collection was featured in American, British, Japanese, Italian and French Vogue, as well as W, Harper’s Bazaar, POP and i-D and was bought by Harvey Nichols, Liberty and Selfridge’s.
In 2004 Giles received the ‘Best New Designer’ award at the British Fashion Awards and in November 2006 was awarded British Designer of the Year.
He also added an ongoing consultancy with New Look to design New Look Gold for the high street retailer. Aside from fashion design, Giles is an established illustrator. His work has appeared in Interview, The Face, Pop, I-D, Dutch and Arena Homme Plus, and has formed part of the print design within his ready-to-wear collections.
Giles takes a very personal approach to the business and regularly involves himself in buying appointments, a fact appreciated by international buyers and store directors. He continues to have a strong following amongst celebrities and regularly dresses Thandie Newton, Kate Moss, Drew Barrymore, Kylie Minogue, Lily Allen, Daisy Lowe, and Daphne Guinness.
In 2009, having won the prestigious l’ANDAM award, given by the French Ministry of Culture and the Pierre Berge Foundation, and partnering with Castor, Giles showed his Spring / Summer 2010 collection in Paris which was very well received.
In May 25th 2010, Giles Deacon has been appointed as the Creative Director of Emanuel Ungaro, responsible for all creative aspects of the French fashion House.