GEMMA SLACK

...going the way of the Samurai

Born and raised in Sheffield, Gemma Slack had an innate sense for art and moved to London to cultivate her creativity. She enrolled at the Chelsea College of Art & Design in Fine Arts and was encouraged to try fashion design. Enjoying the process of translating her sculptures and paintings into garments, Slack decided to change direction. Trading paintbrushes for sewing kits, she entered the Fashion Design Technology Womenswear course at London College of Fashion. Her designs are based on beasts and Nosferatu; the collection has evolved into achingly-sleek tailored garments for a strong, striking, sexual woman. Slack adopts a simple yet structured silhouette, casting delicious dark shadows with varying shades of black and dense textual fabrics. Merino wool is morphed with tulle, leather with metal washers and mohair with human hair into blazers with strong shoulders.

Nothing inspires me like...
Books, story books, instruction books, picture books, just generally books.

I hope...
That I get to keep doing this.

Cultural influences...
Are very important to my work.

I got where I am...
With a lot of hard work, blood sweat and tears.

Fashion can sometimes...
Be life-changing and sometimes completely superficial and unimportant.

I dance like...
Madonna on speed, but only on my own.

Creativity comes from...
Experience and necessity.

My vice is...
(Are) too many to list.

Pain comes from...
Having a leather needle stuck through my finger!

Studios make me...
Focused..I miss mine.

I'm a perfectionist...
Yet constantly in a state of disarray.

I'm an emotional retard...
Full stop.

I like making...
Stuff, whether it is clothes, jewellery, sculptures or just random stuff.

Incometence...
Is very annoying.

I love getting older...
Because I’m getting to do all the things I want to do. But not so keen on the wrinkles.