JW Anderson, Christopher Shannon and James Long are the designers chosen by the MAN panel of industry figures to present its autumn/winter 2009 Collections
Born: 1984 in Magherafelt, Northern Ireland
The intensely dramatic aesthetics of JW Anderson have made him one of the most intriguing menswear designers in contemporary British fashion.
Originally wanting to pursue a career in acting Jonathan William Anderson moved to Washington DC in 2001 to study drama at The Actors’ Studio. There he discovered a love for stage costumes.
Moving back to London he worked as a stylist while studying towards a degree in menswear at the London College of Fashion. By the time he graduated in 2007 he'd already established his own label.
JW Anderson launched in September 2007 with a menswear collection characterised by the use of real insects in jewellery. A dark, Rasputin-inspired autumn/winter 2008 collection followed.
However, it was his spring/summer 2009 collection, entitled An Eye For An Eye which really got him noticed.
This will be the fourth menswear collection Jonathan has presented at London Fashion Week.
Christopher Shannon moved to London from his native Liverpool after being granted a scholarship for Central St Martins MA Menswear course. And his graduate collection was immediately snapped up by Colette.
After a two-year stint on Kylie Minogue's creative team, he met his teen hero Judy Blame going on to collaborate on a luxury print clothing label with her.
His approach is a reworking of shell suits and sports pieces in new fabrics with a nod to Northern style – look he describes as 'refined scallyism'.
Christopher was awarded the Dunhill Menswear Award in 2008.
After graduating with a BA from the London College of Fashion, Northampton-born James studied towards an MA in Menswear and Accessories at The Royal College of Art.
His faith in his design skills was confirmed when MAN panel member and GQ associate editor Charlie Porter purchased several pieces from his graduate collection. The fashion press was interested, too, and his work notched up several editorials in the likes of Dazed & Confused, i-D Magazine and Italian Vogue.
Working out of a studio in Hackney, James focuses on designs which combine leather and sheepskin with modern fabrics such as gauze netting and plastics. His knowledge of sculptural accessories is also much evident in his work