British-Jamaican designer Gavin Douglas has made an impact on the fashion scene ever since his first collection in 2004 which won the prestigious Avant-Garde Designer of the Year Award in London.
Photographs courtesy of Jermane Clarke
The most recent project taken on by Gavin Douglas was an event held at House of Fraser, Birmingham on 17th March 2011. House of Fraser is a British Department Store group with over 60 stores across the United Kingdom and Ireland. It was established in Glasgow, Scotland in 1849.
The event was an exhibition called “WE LOVE BRUM” . It featured signature archive pieces from the Gavin Douglas line. Promoted as a new initiative, the event was the first of its kind in Birmingham and was exhibited on the third floor of House of Fraser for a month. The aim was to showcase creative talent in Birmingham and also to create brand exposure. The event was attended by members of Birmingham City Council, store managers and young up and coming designers and creatives and was extremely well received.
Gavin Douglas is a professionally qualified designer who carefully researches, designs and crafts each individual piece of clothing, ensuring its uniqueness and quality. The concepts for each collection are developed through sketches, before patterns are drafted, toiled and transformed into the final pieces. His work has been worn by Kelly Rowland on the cover of her latest album, Estelle in numerous concert performances and many other known celebrities. Douglas has shown his line in London, New York, Paris and at Caribbean Fashion Week in Kingston, Jamaica. Gavin Douglas has continued to be a part of Caribbean Fashion Week since his debut in June 2004. He has gone on to win numerous awards including the coveted Fashion Fringe award in London and also The CFW Originator award. Douglas has also recently shown his line on Americas largest Black television channel BET in a catwalk show entitled “Rip the Runway”. Douglas has also been designated a Caribbean Master Designer for achieving extraordinary levels of accomplishment within the fashion industry.
Photos by Elf&Stone