Fashion designer Scottacus Anthony on having what it takes

When you see fashion designer Scottacus Anthony’s garment, you’ll know they’re his. His designs are incredibly unique and distinctive. He’s a fan of colour, he creates stunning tailoring and he dressed V V Brown in her recent music video for Lazarus.

Considering he only just graduated from the MA course in Fashion Design & Technology: Womenswear from the London College of Fashion, Scottacus is doing extremely well for himself.

Here Scottacus talks to List for Life about what inspires him and how his statement stye has defined him within the fashion industry.

Image Credit: Scottacus Anthony

Image Credit: Scottacus Anthony

1. What makes you different to other designers?

I think it is definitely the fact that I don’t come from an “expected” or traditional fashion background. I used to do sculpture, which is more than likely where my love for shapes comes from.

Image Credit: Scottacus Anthony

Image Credit: Scottacus Anthony

2. Do you have a signature style?

Yes I think so. I create garments with the combination of structure and tailoring. Added with strong textile presence, these things are then combined with mixed cultural references. This gives my designs a unique feel.

Image Credit: Scottacus Anthony

Image Credit: Scottacus Anthony

3. What are your plans for the coming year?

I am currently in the early stages of setting up and running my own label, which is something I have always wanted to do. It is very exciting and scary at the same time. I can’t wait to find out what happens next for me!

Image Credit: Scottacus Anthony

Image Credit: Scottacus Anthony

4. What can the industry expect to see from you?

I use a lot of bold colours which I love. I’m also a fan of creative cutting and tailoring. I also think that the showmanship can really bring a collection to life, so that’s what I will continue to bring.

Image Credit: Scottacus Anthony

Image Credit: Scottacus Anthony

5. What upcoming projects are you working on at the moment?

I am currently collaborating with an illustrator on new work, which is exciting. I am also working on my new collection.

6. What are your main sources of inspiration for your work?

Definitely history and creative pattern cutting. I’m from the historic city of Plymouth and being surrounded by so many stories has influenced me and my work. Plymouth is the home of Sir Francis Drake, the original Pilgrim Fathers and there is also the bay where the battle with the Spanish Armada took place. I also love making clothes from unusual pattern shapes, combining and removing seams. I think this can create really unusual pieces.

Image Credit: Scottacus Anthony

Image Credit: Scottacus Anthony

7. What influences you the most?

I am influenced a lot by exploration. I find learning new things influences me the most, I like to take an idea, develop it and run with it. A good example of this is in my AW15 – Omnipresence collection. The print was based around birthday cards my Mum and Nan usually sent me when I was younger. I spent time developing this into a treatment that could be applied to fashion.

Check out Scottacus’ website here.

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