Ex-Brit School pupil Daniel Tanner is 'one to watch' in fashion world with London College of Fashion show
After treading the boards in West End shows an ex-Brit School pupil is sending models down the catwalk in his new role as a fashion designer.
As a dancer Daniel Pascal Tanner’s credits included Phantom of the Opera, We Will Rock You, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Wizard of Oz.
But the 33-year-old has decided to retrain at the London College of Fashion, studying for a degree in fashion design technology: womenswear.
Mr Tanner, from Croydon, got to show off his designs when he was chosen to open the college’s Ones to Watch fashion show in front of VIPs and fashion industry insiders.
He said: “LCF has given me the opportunity to develop an understanding of my identity and how to express it creatively through my work.
“This collection is my honest representation of my understanding of sexuality and gender identity.
“It is a deconstruction of fashion from the perspective of a man studying womenswear and integrating these ideas with feminism and ideals of equality.
“It explores the boundaries of women’s and men’s fashion and projects the ideal of equality and acceptance of all genders, including transgender.
“The collection breaks down the social construction of gender role identities, by considering what happens when a boy puts on the fairytale princess dress.
“It is a comment on the social construction of gender roles which are implemented and imposed through clothing.”
He added: “I designed my collection for an individual who is daring and experimental in her fashion choices; someone who doesn’t simply buy garments because they are ‘on trend’ or because they make them look ‘sexy’.
“Instead, someone who wears clothes to create and reflect the person they want to be - not who they think they should be.”
Sitting on the front row amongst others for the show were footwear designer Jimmy Choo, singer Laura Mvula and Game of Thrones actress Maisie Williams.
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