Backstage with William Tempest at London Fashion Week
After graduating from London College of Fashion, the Cheshire-born chap worked with Giles Deacon for four seasons before heading to Paris, where he worked for the legendary Jean Charles de Castelbajac.
"It's such a great platform for young designers because I think in London it is quite difficult to get a platform to show your work and to actually get recognized so it is amazing that I am the first recipient of the Vauxhall Award."
"I don't know really how I have managed to do this so fast. I guess because when I was studying I was working already, it really helped learning to run my own label."
As well as gaining valuable experience, William also enjoyed his last job, working at Charles de Castelbajac's studio.
"It was great working there because most of his design team are quite young, early 20s and he's quite crazy and lots of fun to work with."
Floor-sweeping cinched-waist silk dresses, edgy fitted jackets with the portraits of Henry VIII and Queen Elizabeth I, and beautiful dramatic coats.
"My work is quite architectural and I focus a lot on sharp tailoring and shape making." William spent time at Hampton Court studying the paintings and the photographic prints in the collection are taken from "the paintings at Hampton Court."
Currently, all William Tempest production takes place in west London which is expensive but he feels "it is really important to use British workers."
A perfect description of what makes London such a vibrant and vital fashion capital.
More interviews from Fashion Week:
- Paul Smith
- Emma Bell
- Avsh Alom Gur
- Harriet's Muse
Catwalk photos and reports here.
Article Plan Backstage interview with William Tempest LFW 2009