In order to celebrate our new collection entitled ‘A Century of Colour’, we have partnered up with esteemed artist Richard Kilroy, to create an exclusive set of illustrations in line with the dynamic range. The contemporary collection pays tribute to the past 100 years that we have been manufacturing beautiful, chromatic knitwear in our Derbyshire based factory. As seen at London Collections: Men, this range of garments utilise an anti-graduation colour effect and are individually hand dyed for an inimitable finish.
“The contemporary collection pays tribute to the past 100 years that we have been manufacturing beautiful, chromatic knitwear in our Derbyshire based factory.”
Kilroy studied at Leeds College of Art where he developed a distinctive illustrative style combining photorealism and loose lines. His interest in men’s fashion alongside the inspiration of fellow illustrators such as, Richard Gray and Julie Verhoeven influenced him to produce ingenious drawings focussing on the men’s fashion industry. He has since worked with numerous brands and magazine titles including, Volt Magazine and Ponystep. In addition, his work was chosen as a permanent fixture in the Victoria and Albert Museum and is available on request in the V&A Prints and Drawings Study Room. Currently, Kilroy is a tutor at Central Saint Martins and acts as a guest lecturer at the Royal College of Arts in London; most recently he has also released a book showcasing the artistic power of fashion illustration.
The series of ‘A Century of Colour’ illustrations actively capture the tone and vivid colour palette found in the collection using pencil and ink. The visuals are mesmerising with the contrastive levels of realism and incorporation of highly pigmented hues. Kilroy employs his artistic precision to tell our dedicated story of colour in a distinctive and remarkable manner.