“I create pieces for anyone and everyone who feels comfortable to be themselves in their own skin.” Designer and artist, Patrick Church of Patrick Church: the rebellious and inclusive label discusses his latest collection, sustainability in the fashion industry, the trend he is bringing back this fall and more…
YOUTH and ROLE MODELS
The first time you wore a dress and thought, “BAM, this is it. Fashion is for me.”?
I used to wear dresses all the time as a child because my mom would dress me in them.
What advice would you give someone who feels constrained by society’s work-life models to pursue their artistic dreams?
To just keep going, even when you don’t believe in yourself or when things get hard. Things always take time, nothing happens overnight.
Growing up did you have a queer role model?
When you’re not wearing Patrick Church, what are you wearing?
Name an iconic moment in fashion that’s inspired your career in fashion and/or art?
I think Galliano is a genius, especially his work for Dior.
“… just keep going, even when you don’t believe in yourself or when things get hard. Things always take time, nothing happens overnight.”
Pieces from Patrick Church are reminiscent of the 70s which has experienced a resurgence in fashion. Is there a trend that you would love to see come back?
UGG Boots… I’m bringing them back!
The human form is predominant within your artistry? What’s the significance of portraits and the human eye?
As an artist, I am attracted to the human body and love to document it. I find it interesting to take something familiar and exaggerate it in a way thats visually appealing.
How is diversity and what Patrick Church represents synonymous?
The work I do is for anyone and everyone, I feel as though we are almost creating a family. It has become a safe environment for people to express themselves without judgement. Diversity in my brand is everything to me, it has so much to do with the brand as a whole.
Do you have heterosexual male consumers and do you believe the wave of redefining menswear and masculinity will hit the mainstream market?
I create pieces for anyone and everyone who feels comfortable to be themselves in their own skin. The idea of masculinity in fashion has already changed so much will continue to do so.
How does Patrick Church commit to sustainable and ethical fashion and what can we do to contribute to this campaign?
We’ve refashioned a lot of vintage items and in doing that we give them a new lease of life. I love the idea of “do it yourself” and customising pieces that already exist, giving them a new lease of life. It’s what started the brand itself.
“Diversity in my brand is everything to me, it has so much to do with the brand as a whole.”
What can we expect from the future direction of Patrick Church?
With each collection I like to tell a story, with the next collection we are looking to do something more mature and refined, while still keeping the essence of rebellion and playfulness.
What role do you see your fashion having in activism. Are you consciously creating protest art or is it an organic byproduct of the core of Patrick Church?
Everything I’ve done is organic. I love being rebellious in what I create but I like to keep an idea of freedom when I’m producing and creating work. Not having an idea of the outcome helps me produce more fluidly.
Are there any young designers from NYFW that make you excited for the future?
It’s impossible to pick, there are so many exciting things going on in the fashion world here.
Lifestyle goals for 2018?
Drink more unsweetened almond milk.
What would you graffiti on the back of a toilet door?
A pair of tits.