Scottish fashion designer Christopher Kane was born outside Glasgow in 1982 and moved to London in 2000 to begin his studies at Central Saint Martins before setting up his Christopher Kane label with sister Tammy in 2006 – declining a full-time job offer from Donatella Versace in the process.
His punchy neon bandage dresses caught the attention of fashion critics and fans alike, and that same year Christopher Kane won the Young Designer of the Year award at the Scottish Fashion Awards. Kane collaborated with Lancôme and Topshop before winning the Collection of the Year award in 2009 from the British Fashion Council. That same year, Christopher Kane created his first capsule collection for Versace's diffusion line, Versus, which he continues to design.
In 2010, Christopher Kane branched out into menswear, and for Resort 2011 the designer's Galaxy dress collection – spotted on everyone from Samantha Cameron to Carey Mulligan – proved a stellar hit. Christopher Kane also found success with his spring/summer 2011 collection of fluoro bright ladylike pieces inspired by "Princess Margaret on acid," and the designer's latest collaboration has been with hip denim label J Brand.
By Brogan Driscoll & Jen Barton