Alexandra Mann is a costume designer, wardrobe stylist and artisan who, after being spotted during Liberty’s Best of British open call, launched her debut range of British-made wash bags at the Liberty flagship store just in time for Christmas. Her collection continues to appear at the London store, as well as Fortnum & Mason, and she was also asked to design an official collaboration, Alexandra Mann x Liberty collaboration, based on origami box shapes with fabric plundered from the extensive art fabric archive.
Graduating with a BA (Hons) in Fashion Design from Nottingham Trent University, Alexandra went on to work as Gold Label manager for Vivienne Westwood. During her years there she was granted an insight into how clothes could create or define personality. “It was such an exciting and varied clientele: couture and bridal appointments, dressing actors for awards season, musicians for tours… Never boring, always inspiring, and I got to travel to Paris twice a year for the shows. It was a dream job.” Dressing theatre stalwarts, movie stars, rock royalty, royalty and various cognoscenti.
After making tea on a friend’s short film, she found herself working on music videos, commercials, and then features. Alexandra Mann has worked with Andrea Riseborough, Courtney Love, Naomie Harris, Pink, Agyness Deyn, Zoë Wanamaker, Harriet Walter, Daisy Lewis, Sir Derek Jacobi, Dizzee Rascal, Suki Waterhouse, Rafe Spall, Noel Fielding and Halle Berry; brands such as Audi, Pepsi, McDonald’s, Adidas, Agent Provocateur, Marmite and Logitech; and directors Jordan Scott, Jean-Claude Thibaut, Shane Meadows, Luis Prieto and Idris Elba.
Alexandra’s make-up bags and other products are all made in London. After working closely at university with some truly gifted garment technicians, she is dedicated to British production. She uses fabrics sourced from exotic markets during her travels, and vintage fabrics lovingly rescued from car boot sales or the attics of stately homes. “For me, sourcing fabric is like a treasure hunt. Often, the strangest shops are hiding gems, and I can tell when fabric that looks garish on the roll will work well for an accessory.”
Alexandra Mann has received attention from The Sunday Times Style, Grazia, British Vogue, 7th Man, Glass Magazine, and Style Bubble. For press, please click here.
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