First thing’s first. I don’t normally become incredibly intrigued by designers, but this case is DIFFERENT. The name Christian Cowan certainly rings bells. While earning his degree in Fashion Design at London College of Fashion, he worked with celebrities Lady Gaga and Miley Cyrus, later working with Nicki Minaj, Paris Hilton, Beyoncé and Cardi B. (Mind blown!) Cowan is creatively inspired by women who are true to themselves.
Paris Hilton walked in Cowan’s FALL 2017 NYFW debut!
Christian Cowan was introduced as “The student designer behind Lady Gaga’s Glittertastic suit” by UK’s Grazia Daily in 2014. Now he’s headlining!
He has such sick designs and just by looking at his work, it is more than clear that he doesn’t play it safe nor does he play by the book. What I mean by that is he doesn’t work according to trends. This is what differentiates him from all of the rest. Making such a huge mark at only 23 is beyond commendable. In his PAPER Magazine interview, he described this as “keeping a finger on the pulse.” I can totally relate to this theory. Our 20’s is the time period where we learn so much about ourselves and we’re constantly evolving. Just as we are evolving, the world within fashion is rapidly changing. This creates so much space for fresh ideas — we are inspired by mood, new values, and the people that surround us.
Cowan is one of 10 finalist of the CDFA/ Vogue Fashion fund!!! He was chosen by The Council of Fashion Designers of America, INC. Let that sink all the way in. This guy’s lit. Fashion pioneers such as Anna Wintour, Nicole Phelps, Steven Kolb, THE Diane Von Furstenberg and more who have and continue to inspire us acknowledged his gift. The purpose of the fund is to support emerging talent and financially help designers to continue to move forward in their career by extending their budget. Mentorship from CFDA designers and fashion executives is also provided to the top 3 winners.
I have absolutely no doubt whatsoever that Cowan will win first place. Yeah, FIRST PLACE. His work speaks volumes but his character and the beliefs he has built his work on speaks even louder. This is one designer I’ve GOT TO meet and New York City is but so big so just watch!
Click on the photos below to see some of my favorite pieces that graced the runway this year for NYFW: