Bath Spa University, UK

George Clarke

Freedom of Expression

Mental health is explored by designer George Clarke in his collection ‘Freedom of Expression’.

After considering the effects of mental illness on society, George became interested in the idea of feeling trapped in one’s own mind, which lead him to look at prison uniforms and straitjackets. These are referenced in his collection using denim, orange accents and re-constructed jackets.

Contrasting the idea of imprisonment, George uses a graphic print based on a drawing by his six-year-old son. The print symbolises freedom of expression, which is the underlying message George seeks to communicate through his clothing.

Q: What or who are you inspired by?

A: I an extremely passionate about denim and also streetwear and street culture . . . also by abandoned buildings and derelict areas for textures and prints and fabric manipulation.

Q: What is your obsession or vice? 

A: Street culture, streetwear, denim. I’m obsessed with creating and developing new designs and prints, and constructing garments; to take a new, innovative approach to streetwear.