Robert Gray is a bespoke designer based in London. He
specialised in illustration and video at Art Foundation in Brighton, studying
for a year before moving on to University to study BA Film and Moving Image
Production for three years at Leeds Metropolitan University. Here Robert
specialised in set and costume design.
In 2012, Robert decided to move into freelance fashion
design, designing and hand-making one-of-a-kind garments. Last June, he
launched his own website and label named RobertCharlesGray.
He has sold garments to clients from Brazil, California and Norway.
His garments were also chosen by Brett Harkness Photography for an 11-day high
fashion shoot in southern France.
RobertCharlesGray is a label that specialises in handmade
bespoke designs. Robert also continues to work freelance in London.
Robert take inspiration from history and artistic
and social movements. His work is infused with the theatricality, drama, mental states and ways of
life of many popular figures throughout time: anything from the luxurious
lifestyle of Marie-Antoinette and Imelda Marcos to the complex mind of Virginia
Robert's latest collections debuting at Couture Fair are "Romantic
Britannica", an A/W 12/13 collection inspired by Romanticism. It
consists of couture evening gowns and separates that use fabrics and
silhouettes that are influenced by fashion trends of the Victorian,
Edwardian, Regency and Tudor periods.
The prints and colour palettes evoke the whimsical, dreamlike world of Romanticism while exploring
the gothic side to this artistic movement – taking inspiration from works of
the Bronte sisters. Overall, the feel of the collection is springlike, yet has been adapted to
autumn/winter with heavy fabrics and dark undertones.
The smaller S/S 13 collection, "Incandescent", is inspired by
the luminous and iridescent shine of a sparse and hot coastline, exploring
light, water, mythical sea creatures and baron lands. The satin and metallic
organzas used aim to reflect light and create powerful yet elegant silhouettes
that are perfect for summer evening wear.
What he says
“My designs aim to create an impression by exuding
theatricality and drama yet still manage to retain an elegance and
sophistication. I want to be able to create a fine line where fashion and
costume can combine to create clothes that are characteristic and expressive
yet also wearable.”
What we say
Robert's love of history and drama fuse in an electric assortment of garments that are at once elegant, dreamlike, bold and sensuous. This is fashion with a narrative -- as much fine art as fine couture.