Even with minimal prior designExperience and only a few years of experience fashionGeorge Trochopoulos is a seasoned teacher who has made him a favorite. designer for some of today’s biggest stars.
The London-based 20 year-old designer didn’t initially intend on a career as a fashion designerHe was initially interested in software engineering or law. He found a safe place and a community when he started to pursue it. fashion design.
“I was always very creative and very playful, whether that stems from my queerness or that’s something else, I’m not sure,”He explained. “[Fashion designer] was never seen by me or anyone in my life as a job position, but basically I started doing that and playing around. It was the only way in which I saw myself succeeding in a space that I could be myself. It was the only thing that felt right and a step toward the right place. It was never really about the clothes themselves or my fascination with dresses, but it was more about the fact that at the time I really needed a community and the support, which was only given by fashion.”
Trochopoulos is a student at the London College of Fashion, where he is enrolled in the knitwear program. He came to the program with minimal qualifications. designExperience, as he only took up sewing in his final years of high school.
After completing his first internship, he started sharing his designs through social media. The designer’s signature style is his stripe motif in dresses and tops, which he hand-knits, sews and dyes on his own. He began to build his social media following by offering the pieces as a custom order last autumn.
“It’s a lot of mixed and matched influences in my head kind of put in clothes,”Trochopoulos spoke of his inspirations. “I’ve very obsessed with repeating patterns and seeing how those can be manipulated. So for example, the stripe: it’s something I stumbled upon five or six months ago and I’m still trying to make new ways of doing it.”
Trochopoulos’ stripe motif caught the eye of fashionJared Ellner, stylist reached out to the designerEmma Chamberlain, YouTube star and YouTuber, requested a green striped top.
The designerChamberlain’s top photos went viral while he was traveling in Greece without any internet or cell service. He noticed that he had a lot of social media followers and requests for custom pieces. He quickly set up his website and began making custom orders shortly thereafter.
After Chamberlain, a steady stream of celebrities have worn Trochopoulos’ stripe styles. Kendall Jenner was photographed in a custom knit shirt this summer. Miley Cyrus also ordered a black striped knit gown. Cyrus is wearing the dress in a photo that is on a T-shirt she is selling as part her merchandise collection.
Recently, his dresses were worn at the British Fashion Awards by Deba, a model, as well as Darkwah KyeiDarkwah (artist),
“I think no matter the style, color, size or texture, I’m very interested in making clothes that make people feel sexy,” Trochopoulos said about his designs. “Especially as a queer person who grew up in a non-queer space in a small town in Greece, it took me a very long time to feel sexy until, let’s say, this year. Sexiness is just something very important to me because it’s so correlated to freedom and euphoria, especially gender euphoria.”
Trochopoulos’ next step is putting together his first complete collection, which he will debut in London in February for the fall 2022 season. The collection will feature Trochopoulos’ signature stripe motif. He will also experiment with pattern-cutting, beading, dyeing, and accessories.
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