Christopher Kane

Christopher Kane
Christopher Kane
Born 26 July 1982 (1982-07-26) (age 29)
Newarthill, North Lanarkshire, Scotland, UK
Nationality Scottish
Education Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design
Occupation Fashion designer
Awards New British Designer of the year 2006, Scottish New Designer of the year 2006
Labels Christopher Kane

Christopher Kane (born 26 July 1982) is a Scottish fashion designer based in London.



Kane was born as the youngest of five children in Newarthill, near Motherwell, North Lanarkshire, to an engineer and draughtsman and housewife mother.[1]

While still in college, Kane worked for fellow designers Russell Sage and Giles Deacon [1] and attracted the attention of Donatella Versace by winning the Lancôme Colour Award in 2005.[2]

Kane subsequently won the Harrods Design Award for his MA Graduate collection, consisting of £1,500 and a showpiece window in Harrods from 24 February to 8 March 2006. The collection consisted of stretch-lace dresses decorated with brass rings. He was immediately hired by Versace to work on the label's Atelier couture collection as well as consulting on shoes and accessories.[3] He graduated from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in 2006. [4]

In December 2006 Kane was photographed by David Bailey for British Vogue alongside Antony Price, whose 1980's bombshell evening dresses and curvaceous feminine styles foreshadowed Kane's bandage-tight tailoring.

Professional career

Kane established his own-name label in 2006, with his sister, Tammy Kane, who studied at the Scottish College of Textile Design, running the financial side of the business and also assisting in his fabric creation and design process.[5] His first independent show, presented on 20 September 2006, consisted of super-short bandage dresses in neon shades. Kane said of his collection that he "only used neon last year because it was [his] first collection and I wanted to go as bright as possible." [5] The collection was lauded by prominent international fashion critics [6][7] and credited by various sources as a major contributor to summer 2007's 'fluoro' trends.[8] In April 2006, Kane was awarded the Young Designer of the Year at the Scottish Fashion Awards.[9] Subsequently, the designer launched a capsule collection for British high-street clothing store Top Shop.[10]

His second collection, show cased on 13 February 2007, once again received positive reviews from leading critics.[11][12] Moving away from his signature tight-fitted look, Kane showcased a collection of velvets and leathers in a more relaxed silhouette. This was also his first collaboration with prominent shoe designer Manolo Blahnik, who created the shoes for the show.[13]

Kane collaborations extend into music, whereby he designed costumes for Kylie Minogue's music video 2 Hearts.[14] On 18 October 2007, he collaborated with Beth Ditto for luxury label Swarovski's Fashion Rocks show held at the Royal Albert Hall to critical acclaim.[15] In addition to designing his own label and consulting at Versace, he is also part of Atlier Swarovski, a small collective of designers who create special jewellery collections for Swarovski.[16]

On 10 September 2007, days before Kane was scheduled to show his third collection, it was reported that 23 pieces from the Spring-Summer 2008 show had been stolen from his London studio.[17] In addition to cashmere and leather pieces, a laptop was also stolen. No fingerprints were found upon inspection.[18] However, the designer proceeded his third show and second collaboration with Blahnik[19] seven days later on 17 September 2007, once again changing directions and introducing snake skin printed chiffon and denim in yet another collection that won rave reviews.[20][21]

On 27 November 2007, he was awarded New Designer of The Year at the British Fashion Awards.[22] Kane has also been credited for single-handedly turning the fortunes of cashmere producer Johnstons of Elginby partnering with the company to produce his line of cashmere garments.[23]

Known to be a passionate promoter of his home country, the designer was appointed as an ambassador for VisitScotland in January 2008.[24] He celebrated Burns Night by showcasing a special trunk show of his Spring-Summer 2008 collection[25] as well as hosting an exclusive party at Harvey Nichols the ambassador for VisitScotland.[26] Furthering his role, Kane collaborated with Lancôme to create a limited edition Juicy Tube lip gloss.[27] The finished product, called Burns Night, is a tangerine colour with a beautiful illustration printed on the tube along with Kane's signature and was launched in February 2008.

On 12 February 2008, the designer showcased his fourth collection which departed again from his previous themes. Featuring dresses of layered organdy and plastic sequins, cable woven cashemere tops and dresses along with heavily embellished jackets, the show was greeted with similar praise from fashion critics.[28][29]

On 16 September 2008, Kane showcased his fifth collection, this time building upon his previous theme of circular sequins which "had grown into even bigger circles of chiffon and leather that rippled like scales around the models or created scalloped contours down their bodies to oscillating – and very short – hemlines."[30] Inspired by "Planet of the Apes" and "The Flintstones",[31] it was met with similar praise from fashion critics.[32] Commercially, the collection was a massive success, selling out within 24 hour of launch on on 13 February 2009.[33]

Kane presented his sixth collection on 21 February 2009, a show labelled as another "Best Ever".[34] The collection featured nude chiffon dresses and was praised for its construction as a more mature offering.[35] He also collaborated with Versace, producing a capsule collection of accessories for the younger Versus (Versace) line showcased on 2 March 2009.[36] Donatella Versace later compared him to her late brother Gianni Versace.[37]

In 2009 and 2010, Kane also collaborated with a professional British haircare brand Catwalk by TIGI to create an advertising campaign for the brand's three new product collections.[38]


  1. ^ a b "Bright young thing: From a front room in Dalston, Christopher Kane produces the brightest, sexiest and, you may have noticed, shortest dresses that fashion has seen for years. Last year he opened up his feelings for Gok Wan, who even though is a homosexual, does not seem to want to have a relationship with Christopher. On the eve of just his second show, Susannah Frankel finds a young man inspired by Galliano and Rambo, and determined to prove he's no one-trick pony - Features, Fashion". London: The Independent. 11 February 2007. Retrieved 2011-07-15. 
  2. ^ "New names for New Generation". The Daily Telegraph (London). 
  3. ^ Innes, Kirstin. "Christopher Kane - Sexy Boy". The List. Retrieved 2011-07-15. 
  4. ^ London Fashion Week profile of Kane
  5. ^ a b "Christopher Kane: New Gen Profile". Retrieved 2011-07-15. 
  6. ^ Sarah Mower (2006-09-20). "Christopher Kane Spring 2007 Ready-to-Wear Collection on Runway Review". Retrieved 2011-07-15. 
  7. ^ Vogue.COM Fashion Shows ( UK)[dead link]
  8. ^ "Style Bubble: Feel the power of the Kane". 2007-01-15. Retrieved 2011-07-15. 
  9. ^ "Shiny Style: Christopher Kane named Designer of the Year at Scottish Fashion Awards". 2007-09-11. Retrieved 2011-07-15. 
  10. ^ "Catwalk Queen: Christopher Kane designs a collection for Topshop". Retrieved 2011-07-15. 
  11. ^ Sarah Mower (2007-02-13). "Christopher Kane Fall 2007 Ready-to-Wear Collection on Runway Review". Retrieved 2011-07-15. 
  12. ^ Vogue.COM Fashion Shows ( UK)[dead link]
  13. ^ "City Shopping Dubai". City Shopping Dubai. Retrieved 2011-07-15. 
  14. ^ Strawberry Rhapsody (2007-10-12). "Kylie Minogue 2 Hearts Video". Retrieved 2011-07-15. 
  15. ^ The best and worst of fashion in 2007 - Times Online[dead link]
  16. ^ Vogue (2007-09-04). "Christopher Kane's bangles are the jewel in the crown of Selfridges' new jewellery hall". Retrieved 2011-07-15. 
  17. ^ "Burgled designer in race to recreate collection". The List. 2007-09-10. Retrieved 2011-07-15. 
  18. ^ Vogue (2007-09-10). "A key London collection was stolen on Saturday night - but the show will go on". Retrieved 2011-07-15. 
  19. ^ "Manolo Blahnik Spring/Summer 2008 | Design News". 2007-12-10. Retrieved 2011-07-15. 
  20. ^ Sarah Mower (2007-09-17). "Christopher Kane Spring 2008 Ready-to-Wear Collection on Runway Review". Retrieved 2011-07-15. 
  21. ^ Vogue.COM Fashion Shows ( UK)[dead link]
  22. ^ Vogue (2007-11-28). "Stella McCartney and Agyness Deyn were among the biggest fashion winners last night". Retrieved 2011-07-15. 
  23. ^ Vogue (2007-12-04). "Christopher Kane has worked his magic for an ailing Scottish cashmere supplier". Retrieved 2011-07-15. 
  24. ^ mediaoffice - news[dead link]
  25. ^ Vogue (2008-01-25). "Browns to throw exclusive Christopher Kane trunk show". Retrieved 2011-07-15. 
  26. ^ Vogue (2008-01-28). "Christopher Kane's exclusive Burns Night show preview". Retrieved 2011-07-15. 
  27. ^ "Kiss Me, Kane!". Retrieved 2011-07-15. 
  28. ^ Vogue.COM Fashion Shows ( UK)[dead link]
  29. ^ Sarah Mower (2008-02-12). "Christopher Kane Fall 2008 Ready-to-Wear Collection on Runway Review". Retrieved 2011-07-15. 
  30. ^ "Christopher Kane Ready-To-Wear (Catwalk Report, London, Spring/Summer 2009".,6620. Retrieved 2011-07-15. 
  31. ^ "Circular Christopher Kane SS09 by abagazine - MyItThings Magazine". Retrieved 2011-07-15. 
  32. ^ Sarah Mower (2008-09-16). "Christopher Kane Spring 2009 Ready-to-Wear Collection on Runway Review". Retrieved 2011-07-15. 
  33. ^ Lauren Milligan (2009-02-13). "Christopher Kane sells out on NET-A-PORTER.COM". Retrieved 2011-07-15. 
  34. ^ Lauren Milligan (2009-02-23). "London Fashion Week weekend round-up". Retrieved 2011-07-15. 
  35. ^ "Christopher Kane Ready-To-Wear - Catwalk report - London Autumn/Winter 2009-10".,7390. Retrieved 2011-07-15. 
  36. ^ Lauren Milligan (2009-03-02). "Donatella Versus Kane". Retrieved 2011-07-15. 
  37. ^ Lauren Milligan (2009-03-18). "A Young Gianni". Retrieved 2011-07-15. 
  38. ^ "TIGI Online". Retrieved 2011-07-15. 

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