Grace Wales Bonner and Charles Jeffrey to share the bill at Fashion East SS16.
Hot on the heels of the announced line up for MAN SS16, and the 10th anniversary celebrations thereof, comes news of the designers to be featured at Fashion East’s installations at LC:M in a couple of weeks’ time. Keeping things tight seems to be the order of the day, and just as MAN this season is honed down to just two designers in place of the usual three, Fashion East is also pared back to two designers sharing the exhibit space: Grace Wales Bonner and Charles Jeffrey. Then recent graduate Wales Bonner created waves of excitement at Fashion East last season with her stunning Ebonics installation, full of Jazz-Era references and nuanced allusions to black male sexuality, which led to her being invited to present at the V&A’s prestigious Fashion in Motion series. The talent of co-billed designer Charles Jeffery has likewise been recognised by the V&A, in his case via their series of late night events, a nod to the appeal of his monthly club night, LOVERBOY. Jeffrey, who graduated from CSM this year, is also an illustrator and his work brings with it the energy and freedom of expression of the artist’s studio. Fashion East will take over spaces within the ICA for SS16, a venue which has hosted events that proved to change the course of cultural history, from early punk gatherings to COUM Transmissions‘ legendary Prostitution exhibition.