Originally from Singapore, Ashley Isham moved his life to London to venture on a fashion career in 1996. He studied at Central Saint Martin’s College of Art and Design before launching his first collection in November 2000.
This season he incorporates 70’s inspired evening wear through glistening tinsel visors and metallic fringing. Inspired by tropical Ibiza nights and hyper femininity, Ashley uses broderie anglaise and intricate sequin embellishment to covey an elegant but playful feel to the collection. Feather details and golden thread run throughout the tailored bomber jackets which elevated the colourful floor-length gowns. An exploration of disco inspired designs with form fitting silhouettes portray Ashley’s signature luxuriousness that drew a crowd of celebrities, searching for their next red-carpet look.
Female models wore their hair to one side and braided to accentuate the large bow and jewel embellished earrings that enhanced the already glamorous look.
His renowned tailoring, draping techniques and his wonderful abilities to create beautiful chic gowns have meant his ever-increasing cliental stretches from film to catwalk to music. Ashley has also experimented with brightly coloured, electric pieces in his previous collection, demonstrating the sheer amount of creativeness that flows so effortlessly throughout his designs and collections each season.
His work has earned him a space at Fashion Scout continually and in 2004 his talents led him to become the official designer at the BAFTAS.
Photography by Catherine Baker