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Meet The Emerging Designer Michael Stewart

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In collaboration with 1 Granary, AnOther Mag produced a series of Emerging Talent pieces, celebrating some of the most exciting upcoming fashion designers. Photographed by Andrew Nuding and styled by Kieran Kilgallon, AnOther Mag created this minimalist fashion editorial with the beautiful gowns of talented designer Michael Stewart.

The brand is a craft-based label that pushes the boundaries of womenswear using a strong interdisciplinary design ethos. Traditional craft techniques are used with an ultra-contemporary aesthetic, creating a unique interaction between clothing, body and artifact. “The way I work is really organic. I won’t let a drawing lead me. I really feel what the fabric wants me to do,” he says of his methodology.
Born in a small Irish village in County Clare, Stewart feels connected to prehistoric sculptures and ancient burial sites from an early age, as they surrounded the rural area in which he grew up. During his studies at the Royal College of Art, he started to develop a fascination with anthropology, taking inspiration from traces of early culture, including hand-carved figurines of deities and primitive drawings. Stewart aims to create something that is neither nostalgic nor futuristic, but entirely atemporal.

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All images © Andrew Nuding