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Cunnington & Sanderson is a womenswear design duo composed by Matthiew Cunnington and John Sanderson. They create emotional garments, where every volume, detail, drapping has its own meaning, and always following a narrative concept.
They first met at the University of Central England fashion design, and are now an independant british fashion label based in the North of England since 2010. They have been rewarded several times : in 2012, they received the On/Off Land Rover Visionary Award, in 2010 ; finalists for the Mango Fashion Award ; in 2008, Matthiew was awarded the Grand Prize of the jury at the Festival International de la Mode et de la Photographie in Hyeres – France; and they also were one of the 9 finalists of our last SPOON x ELLO contest !
Today, they started a crowdfunding campaign in order to fund an exhibition during the upcoming London Fashion Week at the Oxo Tower Wharf, where they can show their new collection. We asked them about their work processes and the meaning of being independant designers today.
Cunnington & Sanderson in SPOON 05
You are now for 7 years a british womenswear design duo. Can you tell us about your daily routine at the office ? How your two personnalities answer to each other in your creative process ?
One of our main sources of inspiration & rewards is draping, and luckily we both have a similar taste. Our designs can be different but we aim towards the same narrative of our collection and to creating a new form from our imagination. For us working as a duo drives the collection forward’s. Collaborating on idea’s and having support there when you need it, and to share those magical times of excitement and joy, on the success of creation. All this with some one who understands the time, energy, and passion that has been devoted into the collection to make it happen.