Christopher Kane by Alasdair McLellan


‘It’s just normal life, but I find it beautiful.’

The autobiographical themes and inspirations behind a decade of Christopher Kane.

Interview by Jo-Ann Furniss, photographs by Alasdair McLellan.

Ahead of unveiling his Spring/ Summer 2017 collection in London last month, Christopher Kane and his sister Tammy met with Jo-Ann Furniss in their hometown of Motherwell, Scotland. Accompanying them was photographer, Alasdair McLellan. The result of their encounter was a portfolio of personal photographs and references that have inspired Kane over the years, and an interview exploring the man behind ten years of Christopher Kane collections. Below, you’ll find an extract.

Christopher Kane: A big part of the latest collection started with watching a programme about a lost tribe coming into contact with the modern world. They were stealing clothes and saying, ‘Now we have clothes, we are ashamed to be naked’. We wanted that nakedness in the collection, something sexual as well as religious, something almost pagan and pre-Christian, as well as Roman Catholic.

Jo-Ann Furniss: In a way, I think you see yourselves like that tribe…

Christopher Kane: I really treasure clothes, I really do. There is something so special about them and what they meant to us when we were growing up – things like Versace. Clothes certainly changed our lives.

Tammy Kane: It was almost like these clothes are not meant to be for you – but we were going to make them ours anyway. I still feel like I don’t really belong in fashion – and that’s a good thing. We can dip in and out of it all because of that feeling.

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