It’s been a busy month for Sydney-born sculptor and jewellery designer Jordan Askill. Starting with his nomination for the Emerging Talent Award at the prestigious British Fashion Awards, the presentation of his Spring/Summer 2012 collection at London Fashion Week followed, ending with high praise from influential fashion magazines including Another, Harper’s Bazaar, Oyster and Dazed and Confused.
While Askill’s current work focus is jewellery and sculpture, he began his career in fashion. After studying at the Sydney Institute of Technology, he took on a designer role at Ksubi, later relocating to Paris where he worked for three years under Hedi Slimane at Dior Homme. But it was with the launch of his eponymous jewellery line that Askill’s career really took off. His jewellery is striking and his talent for sculpture is evident in the sophistication of his pieces – each seems as if a wearable form of art.
Based in London, Askill has managed to build a name for himself in the English capital. No easy feat in a highly competitive city renowned as a breeding ground for new creative talents. The strength of his work captured the attention of one of the UK’s most important industry bodies, the British Fashion Council (BFC), which awarded him sponsorship to exhibit at London Fashion Week as part of the highly coveted NEWGEN slot, a launch pad scheme that helped to kick-start the careers of designers including Alexander McQueen, Matthew Williamson and Christopher Kane.
His current Autumn/Winter 2011 collection, dubbed Migration, is nothing short of beautiful. There’s a strong element of shape and movement present in the collection, which features horses, birds, panthers and swallows in gold and silver, some set with precious stones. While Jordy – Askill’s more recent offshoot collection, which has a simple, more delicate design sensibility – is based on four motifs (hearts, stars, a balloon and a silhouette of a swallow) and made in variations of gold, with each piece designed to give the wearer a sense of an imprint or a tattoo.
Earlier this month, the BFC gave Askill yet another show of support, announcing him as one of three finalists for the Emerging Talent Award in the accessories category, alongside milliner Nasir Mahar and footwear designer Tabitha Simmons. This British Fashion Award, which includes Nicholas Kirkwood and Holly Fulton among its previous winners, aims to recognise an innovative and directional accessories designer who is emerging as an influential force in British fashion. We think Askill is in with a strong chance. The winners will be announced on November 28.