29Mar 2019

Christopher Kane was born as the youngest of five children in Newarthill, North Lanarkshire, to an engineer and draughtsman father and housewife mother.  Christopher Kane attended Taylor High School. While still in college, he worked for fellow designers Russell Sage and Giles Deacon and attracted the attention of Donatella Versace by winning the Lancôme Colour Award in 2005


Kane established his namesake 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. 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 because it was his first collection and he wanted to go as bright as possible. The collection was lauded by prominent international fashion critics and credited by various sources as a major contributor to summer 2007’s ‘fluoro’ trends.

Having lost his mother; his team have politely asked him not to broach, and he offered up a gingerly worded question about how, as a collaborator; another sister works for the label. “No one respects the fact that your mum’s just died. No one cares, because the mills need their sketches designer whose collections always been very personal, he has coped with the pressures of work.

“Winston Churchill said: ‘If you’re going through hell, keep going.’ His mum died three days before the show; he just had to keep going.” The Kanes are a tight family: Christopher’s older sister Tammy is his business brain and closest creative

He was named New Designer of the Year at the British Fashion Awards. In 2008, Kane received sponsorship from the BFC’s Fashion Forward scheme, which, a year later, helped him to sell his spring collection in just 24 hours on NET-A-PORTER.

In 2010, Kane’s debut collection for Versus was showcased in September, three months before he went on to win the Collection of the Year award at the British Fashion Awards. In 2011, Kane won the BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund, designed a denim line for J Brand and won the first-ever New Establishment Award at the British Fashion Awards.


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