GOLD: J Smith Esquire

30 May - 2 June 2017

J Smith Esquire celebrates their tenth year and the launch of the new Gold collection with a very special four-day exhibition of millinery and photography. This superlative new collection brings together stunning couture showpieces and gorgeously desirable bespoke millinery with beautiful photography by Jenny Hands, with styling by Karl Plewka and clothing by Yohji Yamamoto.

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Justin Smith graduated from the Royal College of Art with an MA in Millinery after studying the discipline for 6 years. Justin started his own label J Smith Esquire following the critical acclaim of his 2007 graduation show. From the start, Justin has produced his own collections, from his 'Dance With Me' A/W 2008 collection to his latest A/W collection called 'Black'. Over the past six years he has been involved with London, Paris and Milan Fashion weeks, as well showcasing at emerging fashion weeks such as Jakarta and Rome Couture. Justin has collaborated with high-end designers, from Stella McCartney to Moschino, Manish Aurora to Aganovich.

Known as the artist of the millinery world for pushing the boundaries of the tradition, Justin's design, teaching and consultation skills are constantly in demand. He has attracted numerous accolades, receiving awards for his artistic vision such as the British Council's Young Fashion Entrepreneur award, 2010. Most recently Justin was awarded the Generali Future Award at International Talent Support 2016 in Trieste, his second award from ITS. His work has maintained a constant presence in fashion's elite press and has been displayed in various galleries around the world, from Sydney to London's V&A. Several pieces are in the hands of international collectors and museums, such as the FIT in New York.

Justin passionately upholds the traditions of millinery, whilst redefining classic headwear, challenging conventions and technique alike. The quality of his work, and keen eye for detail, also lead to Justin being invited to showcase at Italian Vogue's Young Talent Exhibition and subsequently, Alta Roma, 2011. He even returned to the RCA as a teacher and visiting lecturer, and continues to hold seminars around the globe. While J Smith Esquire's bespoke work includes a prestigious portfolio of clients, Justin continues to push his brand globally and across many sectors, from art installations to hotel uniforms, and film work. Justin's aesthetic is fuelled by a ceaseless curiosity and throughout his career he has sewed, knitted, beaded, embroidered, painted, sculpted and created collections from origami to animals; from Victorian Burlesque to dapper English gentleman, and from silver knitted wire to tattooed pigskin.