By: Toi Green
symbols Magazine: What was the first item of clothing that you ever made? Do you still own it?
Sadie Clayton: When I was younger I used to buy fabric from Ikea and transform it into a dress by just wrapping it and distorting it round the mannequin. I used to tie a knot round my neck then sew the back, finishing with the little details-- the buttons, I’m obsessed with buttons. I then sewed a few huge amazing vintage buttons on.
sM: Besides Gareth Pugh, who are your fashion icons?
SC: I’m little unsure nowadays; a lot of designers seem to be going with the same aesthetic. If I was to say any, I would say Claude Montana and Jean Paul Gaultier. Other than a designer, Caryn Franklin is one of my idols. She is an amazing, inspiring woman.
sM: You mention architecture as a major inspiration to you. What is it about it that inspires you? Are there any other inspirations?
SC: In regards to the architecture, it’s the shapes within the structure which the artist has thought about and put together that fascinates me. As really that’s what I do with my sculptural pieces, they are shapes which are placed together. I’m more interested in product design now, that is what inspires me at the moment, along with healing stones.
sM: Working with copper initially, having to actually find a metal worker to craft it just right had to be a trying task. What made you decide to go so grand?
SC: Finding a good reliable metal worker was a task no one will ever be able to comprehend, that was a whole job in itself! I have him now, his name is Steve, and he is amazing. He gets me and gets really excited, the end products are always successful with him. I’ve also thought big, I’ve done big and decided I wanted to be known for something just as big, so creating the sculptures was exciting, but in copper which no one had done before in fashion. It was always gold, silver, brass etc. I love copper!
sM: What kinds of things can you do with copper? How do you know what to do with it? How to manipulate it?
SC: Anything if you put your mind to it. My next collection will reveal that, so keep following. I don’t really know what to do with it, but that’s the beauty of it-- experimenting and discovering new things. What I have done for next season is a huge development in the copper world.
sM: Are you interested in any other metals or textures?
SC: Yeah, I like a lot of textures, that is my thing. All my wovens I use are all textural. Not really other metals, but just now I’m obsessed with healing stones and crystals their texture and colors are beautiful.
sM: Which do you prefer-- design for editorial or ready-to-wear?
SC: Of course editorial, I love it! That’s what I am made for. However ready-to-wear has to be done-- that’s the money-making game! I like to do a mixture of both in my collections. I love the challenge of editorial and how it’s so grand, yet the ready-to-wear is an even bigger challenge for me because I have to think sensible and sellable!
sM: What have you made for yourself recently? Or if you were to have something designed for you, what would it be and who would design it?
SC: I’ve made a skirt recently and some jewelry for myself for an event. I’ve just been heavily concentrating on my AW15 collection. I’d love Jean Paul Gaultier to design something for me, a sculptural corset.
sM: You mentioned that your newest collection is heavily influenced by the number three. What is the significance of that within you?
SC: Within numerology my number is six. Three is a multiple of six and I have always been intrigued by asymmetry; having an odd number can lead to asymmetric forms.
sM: How was your experience at Fashion Week this year?
SC: Phenomenal. I showcased my debut show at LFW in February, AW14, and then my most recent SS15 both shows were fantastic. Of course SS15 was bigger and better-- more people, more looks, more coverage. I loved it!! I can’t wait to showcase again this season.
sM: Besides your SS15 collection, what can we look forward to from you in 2015?
SC: Well I certainly don’t want to give too much away, but there are some really exciting things in the pipeline and keep following to see the new editions of Sadie Clayton, possibly including some color!