Steven Stokey-Daley, the designer of their namesake brand S.S Daley, was awarded the LVMH Prize in Paris this afternoon. Receiving 300,000 euros and mentorship, the win marks a milestone chapter for the designer. Having shown the past two seasons at London Fashion Week with theatrical performances, and dressed the likes of Harry Styles and Raven Smith, the future looks bright for the Westminster University graduate.
Re-visit the designer's SHOWstudio interview last year, where Stokey-Daley and features editor Hetty Mahlich talked through their key design influences and queering masculinity.
'I think it’s the concept of maleness that differs so much between both the private institutions, and the system in which I grew up. The components of the celebrated Etonian/ Harrovian, adorned in flowers, tailcoat, boater hats surrounded by gardens, theatre and art are the exact things that I’d be persecuted for liking in school. I think it’s important to realise that the majority of our parliament is made up of privately educated males, even though privately educated people make up 6% of the entire population; these schools feed our governing body, the governing body who make decisions regarding funding for working class areas like Liverpool – the disparity in cultural enrichment across the country and indeed across our education system is not an accident. I suppose I took the idea of our political leaders and looked back into their school life but through the homosocial lens of Another Country (1984) and Maurice (1987); is it a softness, a complexity of bonds that is missing from the conversation? Potentially.'