Monday, 2 November 2009

Interview with Peter Perrett

An interview I did with hot new menswear designer, Peter Perrett.

What University did you go to and what course did you do?
I studied Fashion at Kingston and specialised in menswear.

What was your final collection based on?
The methods of Heston Blumenthal. It was all about presenting traditional garments and details in radically new ways. As Heston creates dishes like ‘bacon and egg ice cream’ and ‘snail porridge’ I created garments like ‘shirt trousers’ and had rucksack straps hanging inside my outerwear pieces. Although the references for this collection were fairly obscure the aesthetic was deliberately minimal and monochromatic.

Did you show your collection at Graduate Fashion Week?
We actually showed separately at the Queen Elizabeth Hall on the Southbank

How do you feel showing your final collection helped in your career?
Although the show was not at GFW it was a really great experience, I'm not sure how instrumental it was in launching my career but the venue was packed and the feedback was all really positive.

What are you doing now?
Having sold my graduate collection to B Store I am working on a new capsule collection. Alongside this I work with fellow Kingston graduate Sophie Hulme. I am also working on ideas for garment installations which is something that particularly interests me.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
I really do not know, at the moment I really love what I do and as long as I feel this way I know I will have made the right choices.

What has been your biggest achievement since finishing university?
I think selling to b Store would be my biggest achievement because for me, getting recognition from people that you really respect is the biggest compliment.

Did you go to GFW this year and what did you think of it?
Yes, I went to the Kingston and Nottingham shows and I thought they were both really strong. I think it is a good opportunity to see where your work sits amongst all the other graduates.

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