After graduating from London’s Saint Martins in 1992, Giles Deacon worked with Jean Charles De Castelbajac in Paris for 2 years. From 1998 until 2002 he designed at Bottega Veneta and the Gucci Group.
In February 2004 Giles presented his first collection at the Chelsea Pensioner's Club at the Chelsea Royal Hospital. The show was styled by Katie Grand with music by Steve Mackey of Pulp and lighting by John Akehurst. Models included Karen Elson, Eva Herzigova and Nadja Auerman.
The collection was featured in American, British, Japanese, Italian and French Vogue, as well as W, Harper's Bazaar, POP and i-D and was bought by Harvey Nichols, Liberty and Selfridges.
In November 2004 Giles was awarded ‘Best New Designer’ at the British Fashion Awards. This was followed by Giles being awarded the Elle ‘Best New Designer’ award in February 2005.
In November 2006 Giles was awarded 'British Designer of the Year' at the British Fashion Awards
In addition to expanding the ready-to-wear collection with a pre-collection, an important commercial development for the label, Deacon introduced accessories in a two season collaboration with Mulberry called Mulberry for Giles, which was a commercial and critical success. He also added an on going consultancy with New Look to design New Look Gold for the high street retailer.
In 2009 Giles signed a production and distribution agreement with Italian manufacturer Castor Srl. Giles then won the prestigious ANDAM award and showcased his Spring/Summer 2010 collection during October 2009 Paris Fashion Week.
September 2009 Giles won Fashion designer of the year at the GQ Awards.
January 2010 Giles was asked to be special guest at the prestigious Pitti W event in Florence.
May 2010 Giles became Creative Design Director at Emanuel Ungaro in Paris.
Aside from fashion design, Giles is an established illustrator. His work has appeared in Interview, The Face, Pop, I-D, Dutch and Arena Homme Plus, and has formed part of the print design within his ready-to-wear collections. Most recently Giles’ illustrative work was part of a group show at the roma roma roma gallery, organised by the Modern Institute and Gavin Brown Enterprise in New York.
Since its launch in 2003, the GILES collection continues to be bought by some of the most prestigious stores in the world, Barneys, Blakes Chicago, Harvey Nichols, Selfridges, Dover Street Market, Colette Paris, Harvey Nichols Hong Kong, Penelope Brescia, TAD Roma, Tiziana Fausti Bergamo, Al Othman Kuwait, D’NA Saudi Arabia,10 Corso Como Korea, Gago Aix en Provence, Sotris Athens, Sophie’s Choice Beruit, Pozzi Lei Treviglio, Monza, Princess Antwerp, Podium Azerbaijan, Linda Dresner Michigan, Capitol North Carolina, Madisons Los Angeles, Yoox, Mimma Ninni Bari, L’Incontro Moderna, George Toronto Toronto, GNM Sofia, AMICIS Wien, Visionaire Monaco, Biffi Milan,
Giles takes a very personal approach to the business and regularly involves himself in buying appointments, a fact appreciated by international buyers and store directors. He continues to have a strong following amongst celebrities and regularly dresses Thandie Newton, Kate Moss, Kristen Scott Thomas, Drew Barrymore, Kylie Minogue, Lily Allen, Daisy Lowe, and Daphne Guinness.
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