J.W. Anderson Fall 2008

The Fashionisto

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Published September 25, 2008

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Updated January 17, 2023

Jonathan William Anderson romantically approaches fashion. “Combining his history in theatre with a love for the sinister in literature, the universe of J.W. Anderson is intensely dramatic and compellingly grandiose.”  Anderson is a native of Ireland but moved to Washington, D.C., to study drama at the Actor’s Studio. 

While abroad, he developed an interest in stage costumes, which nurtured an intense love for fashion. After working as a visual merchandiser for Prada, Anderson received his degree in menswear in 2007, graduating from the London College of Fashion. Fall 2008 is Anderson’s second collection to date.

Anderson’s fall collection is inspired by Russian surrealism and “delves into the intricate mind of Grigori Rasputin and his relationship with the Romanov family in the early 20th Century. Rasputin’s alleged connection with the fall of Nicholas II of Russia, and the danger to which the Tsardom was subjected, is implied in the padding of the jewelery, which serves as a form of physical protection for the wearer. 

Influenced by the work of French artist Louise Bourgeois, the padding and its motives pay homage to the early 20th Century abstraction. Likewise, the collection’s emphasis on sexuality and isolation manifests Bourgeois’ signature themes, which link to J.W. Anderson’s attraction to the sinister in nature.”

Excuse me during this moment in which I DIE. J.W. Anderson directly connects my two loves: fashion and history.


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