King of the Arena - Sports & Denim
Designed by Emily Clarke 'King of the Arena' won the Sports & Denim Category in the Global Design Graduate Show in collaboration with Gucci 2022.
King of the Arena - Emily Clarke 5 (2022) by Emily ClarkeGlobal Design Graduate Show
Emily Clarke is a recent graduate from Kingston School of Art holding a BA Hons degree in Fashion. Her work explores protection and vulnerability through examining the movements of boxers to reveal the parts of the body which are most vulnerable.
"Within my final collection, I was heavily driven by creating something that was inclusive. I am always striving for everything I do to not be limited to just an individual or one particular group/ category of people."
The collection plays on the boundaries of aggression within fighting culture and the idea of protection and vulnerability, linking directly to boxing and wrestling and more indirectly to the exploration of the topic of masculinity.
King of the Arena - Emily Clarke 6 (2022) by Emily ClarkeGlobal Design Graduate Show
This exploration translates into clothing using cut-out panels and fabrics of opposing qualities to provide protection or exposure.
"I have a real love for being creative and the sense of pride, accomplishment and how rewarding it is to see an idea come to life."
King of the Arena - Emily Clarke 7 (2022) by Emily ClarkeGlobal Design Graduate Show
"Going forward I would love to continue to be a part of this, working to create fashion and clothing that makes every wearer feel special."
FIRST NAME: EMILY
LAST NAME: CLARKE
UNIVERSITY / COLLEGE: KINGSTON SCHOOL OF ART
COURSE / PROGRAM: FASHION BA HONS
SPECIALISMS: SPORTS & DENIM / MENSWEAR / SPORTSWEAR DESIGN
WEBSITE: King of the Arena by Emily Clarke