London-based designer Stefan Cooke founded his eponymous brand after graduating from Central Saint Martins MA Fashion Textiles in March 2017.
Originally from West Sussex, Cooke moved to London to study his BA in Fashion Design with Print at CSM. During his placement year Cooke spent a season working with Walter Van Beirendonck in Antwerp before heading to Paris to personally assist John Galliano in the lead up to his appointment as creative director of Maison Margiela. Cooke also gained experience interning for Craig Green in London, who he continued to assist for subsequent seasons.
After graduating from his BA, to further explore his process Cooke embarked on the MA under the tutelage of Fabio Piras. Exploring sensory subversion he took quintessentially ordinary clothes as a starting point, including a cricket jumper, a leather jacket, a pair of jeans and a trench coat, selected for their commonplace banality and all sourced from vintage stalls, charity shops and online.These pieces were then photographed, digitally manipulated and transposed onto synthetic materials including acrylic, polyester and elastic using the digital and sublimation printing techniques. The looks were styled with found vintage handbags encased within acrylic, which seemingly floated alongside the models. The collection was met with acclaim and Cooke named as the joint recipient of the L'Oréal Professionnel Creative Award at the Central Saint Martins MA Fashion Show at London Fashion Week in February 2017.
Imagery of the collection was included in Anna Fox's exhibition ‘Blink' at the Lethaby Gallery and 1Granary's group exhibition ‘Void' at 180 The Strand. Cooke has been featured in publications including AnOther, Vogue Italia, Masses and Man About Town. Continuing his brand, Cooke is currently working towards his debut collection for MAN Autumn/Winter 18.