Sadie Clayton is one of Walthamstow’s rising stars in the world of fashion. Her designs weave together elements of art and architecture to create garments which explore the boundaries of avant garde style.
Originating from a small West Yorkshire village, Clayton’s big break came when she was granted a place to study fashion at Kingston University. London not only provided inspiration by the bucket load, it placed Clayton on the global stage allowing her access to some of the best design houses in the world. Sorapol, Una Burke, Gareth Pugh and John Galliano are just a few of the designers lucky enough to have had Sadie Clayton working for them. This experience was invaluable and provided the much needed catalyst for Sadie to move forward and begin her own label.
In 2013, Sadie Clayton was chosen by Kingston University to exhibit her work at Graduate Fashion Week, and it was then that the media turned their attention to her fresh and conceptual designs. Shows at London Fashion Week soon followed and it was not long before Ellie Goulding decided to wear a Sadie Clayton leather bustier whilst performing at Glastonbury festival in front of 900,000 people.
(Sadie Clayton (left) with Caryn Franklin)
Today, Sadie Clayton continues her creative vision, collaborating with a wide range of individuals such as photographer Mark Lebon and cordwainer Charlene Ong. Recently, her Autumn Winter 2015 collection was selected to form part of Fashion Scout’s ‘Best Emerging Designers’ exhibition, a major accolade for Clayton. The AW15 collection, takes on a darker, more Gothic approach than her Spring Summer 2015 collection. Black is the dominant colour, occasionally interjected with shots of fiery copper, a motif that carries through all of Sadie’s previous collections. Sculpted leather is juxtaposed with chunky black knitted dresses and hooded crop tops, whilst delicate black lace is paired with an oversized choker.
Sadie Clayton marches to the beat of her own drum, creating an unique sense of style and inspiring others in the process. Her garments offer a striking and awe inspiring insight into the concepts at play inside the mind of this designer, who calls Walthamstow home. However, there is no telling as to what Sadie has planned for us next season; we are hoping the dramatic copper collars and exaggerated silhouettes are here to stay.
To discover more about Sadie Clayton, visit her website here
Photos: Sadie Clayton
Words: Grace Molan