Mark Fast is a name that speaks for itself. This Canadian-born designer graduated from Louise Wilson’s prestigious MA course in 2008. His career sky-rocketed from there.
On the ITS#SEVEN catwalk his collection was received like a revolutionary take on womenswear and was awarded by i-D Magazine. Soon after he made it on the cover of Another Magazine. It was no ordinary cover: wearing one of his outfits was actress and fashion muse Tilda Swinton…
Mark went on to successfully establish his own brand, including several collaborations with the likes of Loewe, Swarovski, Topshop, Pinko, Woolmark and Christian Louboutin. Many celebrities like Christina Aguilera and Nicki Minaj wear his clothes even in their music videos: Famously, Mark refused to dress Lady Gaga herself, denouncing what he dubbed as “fast-food fashion”. Roughly 4 years ago he also launched his luxury basics line called “Faster”.
Basically, Mark has gone a very long way since his participation in ITS 6 years ago. He now has a very solid background in the fashion world and it was with great curiosity that we wrote him lately to ask him the same three questions we are occasionally asking to many past finalists:
What’s the major difference between the ITS Mark Fast of 2008 and today’s Mark Fast?
Well I have learned a lot since then. Met and worked with a lot of people I admire and respect in the industry. I am more aware of how the fashion business works; who to work with and what obstacles to avoid. This you can only learn through experience. I am much wiser these days and careful who I let into my world.
What has fashion gained? What has fashion lost?
Fashion has gained so many new talented artists. But has also lost many heroes and inspirers. I think fashion changed at the time of McQueen’s death and the parting of John Galliano from Dior. But just as I am writing this interview, the news of Galliano has come; he is back, and now I am happy.
Someone you would love to dress, and why, but still haven’t had the opportunity to?
I would really love to dress Mike Hadreas from the band Perfume Genius. His music and emotion he puts into his work is so amazing. Totally respect that! Would love to see him in one of my dresses.
ITS Contest names that ring a bell.
Craig Green, David Koma, Liam Fahy and Lee Matthews in the ITS Arcademy Collection.
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One Collection, infinite stories: Religion. Looking at the religious elements of the ITS Arcademy collection.
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Looking for either controversy, beauty, culture or symbolism, it is no mystery why fashion drives inspiration from religion. They are undeniably intertwined: religions and religious orders have dress codes and use…
Handling the History of Contemporary Fashion Evolution. Interview with the head of our Collection team, in charge of handling the ITS Foundation’s archival patrimony.
04 December, 2022
Stepping into a museum space can often feel like everything’s stuck in time, frozen. As if it were a place where not much happens, other than cleaning and occasional moving of…
ITS Finalists nominated at The Fashion Awards 2022. Demna, Matthieu Blazy and Chopova Lowena among the nominees of the Oscars of Fashion.
28 November, 2022
Assigned annually in London by the British Fashion Council, The Fashion Awards might seem like they’ve only existed since Craig Green won Designer of the Year in 2016. But the ceremony…
Sketching, the Aitor Throup way.
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15 November, 2022
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ITS Finalist Hazuki Katagai wins at Tokyo Midtown Award 2022. Interview with artist Hazuki Katagi, Runner-up prize at the Tokyo-based event for emerging artists.
07 November, 2022
The Tokyo Midtown Award, established to support young artists and designers, is celebrating its 15th anniversary this year. The art competition accepted ideas for site-specific works for the iconic Tokyo Midtown…