The Goldsmith

Craig Lawrence studied at CSM, graduating with a degree in fashion design and knitwear in 2008. He created the knitwear for Gareth Pugh for the first six seasons, and cites his career highlight as Tilda Swinton wearing his designs on the cover of Another Magazine. However, as much as he has achieved, we love Craig for his willingness to try something new and his own endearing personality. His favourite film? Bring it On. If he wasn’t a designer? Working in a gay bar in Gran Canaria.

Your collection is really striking. What inspired you? The original starting point was golden crowns. I looked at the film ‘Elizabeth I’, starring Cate Blanchett, and was really interested and inspired by empowerment and the idea of being able to compete on a whim. It was this idea versus children dressing up with crowns – they dress up without realizing all the connotations that the crown comes with.

Was this one of the main reasons you made all of your collection gold, as to tie in with the ‘’powerful’’ image?
Yes, and also the long lengths used were also to emphasize power. I think nowadays taller people are more powerful, as they are more intimidating perhaps.

If you were to describe your work, how would you do so in one sentence?
My work is a experimental exploration into the explosive world of knitwear.

Where do you see yourself in five-ten years?
I have no idea! But catwalk shows are a priority, hopefully one day in the BFC tent.

If you could pick a famous figure to wear your clothes, who would it be?
Bjork would be good for the last collection. Lady Gaga has also already worn a few pieces, and she would look hot in some of these showing today!

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