Brian Clarke (fashion designer)
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Brian Clarke (born 19 January 1957) is a British fashion designer, Creative Director and Founder of the men's fashion brand Brian Clarke. He has been designing hi-end menswear for elegant dressers from the worlds of film, music, art, and the city for decades.
Brian Clarke was born on January 19, 1957, his family emigrated from Trinidad to the United Kingdom, and ha British, Grenadian, and Guyanese ancestry. On Monday 29 July 2020 Brian Clarke featured in the BBC One series Who Do You Think You Are about his daughter British actor Naomie Harris.
As a teenager Brian Clarke loved to interpret street fashion and create his own style. He started to associate himself with fashions students and people in any aspect of the industry. In approximately 1978 Brian Clarke registered at the London College of Fashion to study light clothing and pattern cutting. he also took it upon himself to enrol on a tailoring evening class at London LCF. After completing his studies, Brian Clarke secured a job at Berman’s & Nathan’s theatrical costumiers to hon his bespoke tailoring skills. At Berman’s & Nathan’s theatrical costumiers, he worked on costumes for TTV series Colditz and films such as Superman as well as several BBC series.
Brian Clarke's first design job came when he was given the opportunity to work at the menswear fashion brand Malcolm Hall in Islington. He then went on to work as an assistant designer/pattern cutter for Katherine Hamnett in the early stages of developing her brand. After several years of gaining experience at various design houses, Brian eventually decided to go it alone. His first independent forays found him styling and designing clothes for pop videos for numerous bands- Jaki Graham, David Grant, Imagination and Spandau ballet to name a few. He also set up a pattern cutting, sample making and small production service for emerging designer labels which included Stephen Linard, Duffer of St. George, John Galliano, Joe Casely Hayford and Nigel Hall. Brian Clarke soon had his own flourishing line, stocking many of the capital’s trendier boutiques such as Ebony on South Molton Street, Stanley Adams on Kingley Street and Paul Howie in Covent gardens. It was then he decided to open his eponymous store in Ganton Street in London’s Soho stocking his own label, Brian Clarke, offering high quality menswear tailoring and accessories. His slick urban tailoring plundered early 20th century menswear for inspiration and reinvented it for modern 21st century man.
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