The Slow Exposure Podcast is a series of conversations speaking to experts from all different corners of the fashion industry, hosted by Eliza Edwards, the founder of Slow Exposure – a platform that celebrates responsible creativity with no aesthetic compromise.
In this week’s episode, I sit down with the Liverpudlian upcycling designer Patrick McDowell in his East London home. During an internship at Burberry, he wrote to the then-creative director Christopher Bailey to ask if he could use the luxury brand’s discarded fabrics to create upcycled pieces. His imagination when repurposing materials knows no bounds - whilst poking around his flat I found a pair of recycled, jewel-encrusted sneakers he was working on. Patrick has gone on to found a namesake brand that has challenged our preconceptions of what upcycling should look like.
Originally I had planned on the first series of this podcast to only feature women, but after learning about his collection “firefighting aunties” I wanted to hear Patrick’s story. Patrick’s work celebrates the women in his life that have been putting out metaphorical fires since he can remember.
Shortly after our conversation, Patrick was nominated for the #StellaMcCartney TodayForTomorrow Award by Anna Wintour.
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Music by Viv le Vav