Andrew Groves

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Andrew Groves
Born (1968-02-27) 27 February 1968 (age 49)
Maidstone, Kent
Nationality English
Education Central Saint Martins
Occupation Fashion designer
Website www.andrewgroves.com
Labels Andrew Groves, Jimmy Jumble

Andrew Groves (born 27 February 1968) is a London-based English fashion designer specialising in womenswear, menswear and prints. He is currently Course Director for BA Fashion Design at the University of Westminster, where he has lectured since 2001.[1] He also works as a creative director, stylist and writer.

Groves is remembered for his controversial catwalk shows. In the 1990s, he designed under the label "Jimmy Jumble".[2] The confrontational themes of his collections for London Fashion Week ensured that he caught people's attention and enhanced his notoriety. His first scheduled show, "Ourselves Alone" (translated from the Gaelic "Sinn Féin") referred to The Troubles in Ireland, combining the colours of the rival factions of Irish unionists and Irish republicians.[3] The models wore orange sashes, grey suits, and charred green taffeta, with one model apparently setting herself on fire during the show.[3] Outside the show 30 foot burning crucifixes were erected.[3] Another show, "Cocaine Nights", (named after J.G. Ballard's novel, and also inspired by the film Face/Off [4]) had the models walking on a catwalk apparently spread with sugar-like cocaine.[3] One dress was made of razor blades.[5] At the time, Bill Clinton, the then President of the USA, had condemned the fashion industry for glamorizing drug use, so this was seen as deliberate provocation.[6]

Groves is known for his tailoring, and before he launched his own label, he worked as head assistant to Alexander McQueen for several years. In addition to his runway collections, Groves has created costumes for Robbie Williams, Kylie Minogue, Suede, and The Spice Girls.[1] He has worked freelance as a creative consultant for fashion design companies in the UK and Japan, and as a design consultant for companies such as Nokia, Wedgwood, and The Coca-Cola Company.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "About the staff of the BA Fashion Design course". University of Westminster. Retrieved 1 February 2011. 
  2. ^ Rickey, Melanie (4 February 1998). "Fashion: Countdown to London Fashion Week - Who said fashion was just about clothes?". The Independent. Retrieved 1 February 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c d Evans, Caroline (2007). Fashion at the Edge: Spectacle, Modernity and Deathliness. Yale University Press. p. 71. ISBN 0300135491. 
  4. ^ "Final curtain for fashion". BBC News. 30 September 1998. Retrieved 21 October 2013. 
  5. ^ Moreton, Cole; Khan, Stephen; Guest, Katy (18 September 2005). "Cocaine & the catwalk". The Independent. Retrieved 21 October 2013. 
  6. ^ Evans, Caroline (2007). Fashion at the Edge: Spectacle, Modernity and Deathliness. Yale University Press. p. 203. ISBN 0300135491. 

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