Styled To Rock is a brand new series on Sky Living which sees 12 hopefuls battle it out in a series of weekly design challenges to win the opportunity to design an outfit for Rihanna to wear at a huge gig! We're already hooked and it hasn't even started!
Get to know the fashionable finalists that will be dominating your Tuesday nights, here...
"I did my BA (hons) in fashion design at UCA Rochester, where I graduated in 2011. I’m currently working on my new collection and working part-time in retail."
"I was interested in fashion from an early age. I remember aged about six or eight, I was already cutting patterns for my Barbie! I got my first sewing machine at eight years old."
"My design style? I tend to focus on the idea of death but turn it into something beautiful. But I don’t call it goth; it’s more to do with drawing on sadness. Obviously you have to change your design style for different artists, but that’s the basis of my style."
"I graduated from the University of Westminster with a menswear degree, and after that I set up my own label, I Am Ralph. I was lucky enough to do Brighton Fashion Week, and got loads of press. Lady Gaga’s stylist, Nicola Formichetti, emailed me, and flew my collection to New York for a shoot which appeared in Vogue Japan!"
"My siblings are all really enthusiastic about clothes and at first, it annoyed me: I was really shy and didn’t get it. But then I discovered myself through fashion. I really liked that feeling. Fashion’s not shallow, there are a lot of concepts behind it. I’m really interested in graphics, and product designs, and the whole package."
"My designs are sportswear based with really comfy silhouettes. Loads of functional fabrics like waterproofs and jersey. Fabric that people want to wear to be comfortable and happy in. My designs are colourful, happy and fun; there’s no black. I don’t what to anyone to be sad in my clothes. That’s not the point of clothes!"
"I did a degree in fashion at the University for Creative Arts in Rochester. I didn’t want to work for anyone, and I managed to do London Fashion Week, but when I graduated in 2010, it was the height of the recession. People wanted to borrow my clothes but nobody wanted to pay me. You can’t go on like that. I found backing, someone who was going to offer me £100,000 to be my business partner, and we were just about to sign legal documents when he pulled out at the last minute. So after that I felt a bit burned and I thought, I’m never going to rely on anyone for money again. I’m going to do it myself."
"I was obsessed with dressing in my nan’s clothes as a kid! There are pictures of me in her wedding dress and her shoes! Then aged about 11 or 12 I started reading Elle, which I still love, and from then on, that’s what I wanted to do."
"You want to touch my clothes. They’re very tactile, in fact they’re more sculptured than anything. They’re also very womanly. I’m so into curves. I really want to accentuate a woman’s body. "
" I was doing a Level 3 BTEC fashion in art and design at Luton College when I got on the show. I was one of the more inexperienced of the designers on the show. I’d like to do a BA in tailoring. A lot of others had BAs and MAs, and I was at the bottom of the barrel! I was the oldest one there but I felt like the youngest in a lot of ways!"
"I’m a singer, so obviously when you sing your appearance is really important. I bought a £40 sewing machine from Lidl and started sewing things together and embellishing them. People were like, ‘Oh, that looks so cute, where did you get it from?’, so I realised I could maybe turn my hobby into a career!"
"My style is an eclectic mix of madness! I like keeping it kind of cool. I’ll be honest, I like sexy dresses and looking sexy. If I feel good, I can perform good. I do like to be glamorous but sometimes I like to grime it down. But I’m not afraid to be really feminine and sexy."
"I studied fashion at Central St Martin’s and after graduating worked as an intern with different designers including Gareth Pugh, SaVa, and I showed my collection at Alternative Fashion Week 2012. I spent several months as an intern at Alexander McQueen where despite days that last 16 hours or more, I loved every minute!"
"I always knew I would be involved in the Arts, and for the longest time I thought I would be painting. When I hit puberty, I started becoming aware of the body in a whole new way. It suddenly became a far more interesting and challenging version of a canvas to paint on with fabrics, instead of oils and brush."
" I would describe my design style as highly inspired by bringing the inner works of the body, outwards. I often find the organic shapes and sculpture of our bones, muscles and organs breathtaking when examined in isolation."
"I went to the University of Manchester in Salford to study fashion design, then set up my own label called Sve. I had ready to wear collections in different boutiques around Manchester then finally, 18 months ago, opened my own shop in Tarporley. It was a difficult time to open a shop, and I chose an area that was not very modern, which was a massive gamble. Luckily I have got great clients who keep coming back!"
"I’ve always designed in my bedroom, ever since I was a little girl. It’s just something I always did and thought about. As i grew up, I did get the whole, ‘No, you’re not going to be that’, from my dad especially. Creativity doesn’t make money! So I actually did beauty therapy at college for 18 months and worked as a therapist for a couple of years. But I believe in fate and I think I was meant to be a designer. "
"I’m known for monochromic colours. So it’s black and white and grey, then I introduce one piece of colour with each collection. They are sleek, flattering cuts. There’s an androgynous side to it, but still with feminine traits."
"I did a fashion BTEC at Lewisham College, then a BA(hons) at London College of Fashion. I was actually still doing my course when I applied for the show, and ended up doing the two simultaneously, which was a bit of a killer!"
" I always customised my clothes. But I went to ballet school and people would say, ‘You’re doing the wrong thing’. I was putting all this effort into making clothes, then just getting to school, and changing into dance clothes. I was 20 before I realised I should be designing instead of dancing."
" It’s a heritage mix of funky street style for the young Londoner. I hate the term ‘urban’ but it’s east London quirky meets really raw south London. So I use heritage textiles like houndstooth and tartan, which are quintessentially British, and mix them with sportswear cuts."
"I have a degree in fashion from Liverpool John Moore University, and I’ve done London Graduate Week and London Fashion Week, plus various events around the UK. I now have my own studio where I do all the production and designing for my label."
"Coming from an ethnic background, it’s quite difficult to be a designer. Most parents want you to be a doctor or a dentist. But form a young age I was quite talented in fashion and aged about 15, I decided I wanted to be a designer. It was difficult for my Pakistani parents, me being a bit different and having strong opinions. I want people from my ethnicity to be proud of me. Youngsters tend to leave it because of pressure from the community or parents. But I wanted to show you can do anything in life as long as you can keep going."
"It’s all about fabric manipulation. In my culture they use a lot of beading and texture but I wanted to use the fabric in a more technical way. It’s detailed, high end couture. It’s designed for people who don’t want to show off their bodies. So I might make something with lots of different parts to it by deconstructing then reconstructing it."
"I did a BA (hons) in fashion in Middlesex and graduated in 2010, and then I did millions of internships at designers including Puma, Graeme Armour and Hussein Chalayan. I had no money at university so I got a job as a showroom assistant at Burberry, and then when I graduated I got a permanent job doing sampling for them whilst designing my own collection."
"I was great at drawing when I was younger but I was actually more into singing; I’m a singer- songwriter. But my mum said I couldn’t just go into singing, I had to go to university to learn something solid, so I decided to do an art and design course. I discovered I was good at drawing people and good at fashion. As soon as I’d found that out, it was all I wanted to do and I haven’t looked back!"
"Eclectic. A mish mash of whatever I’m thinking at the time. Let’s add this, and that and see what happens. My clothes have a lot of texture; you just want to grab them. And they always have one specific statement, whether that is a technique, or how I’ve created it, or a silhouette that’s the focus."
"Having initially studied Fine Art in the National College of Art and Design, Dublin, I transferred to Fashion Design for my BA(hons). I went on to study for my Masters in Fashion Design in London College of Fashion. Then I worked for almost two years in Hong Kong before returning to London and designing my own collection."
"I applied for the show because I thought it would be a great opportunity to push myself as a designer as it involved mainly womenswear challenges, and I am traditionally a menswear designer. Also, I thought it would challenge me to work to extremely tight time frames and unusual design briefs."
"My style is sports luxe with a focus on sharp tailoring and embellishment."
"I graduated in 2009 with a BA (hons) in fashion and design from the University of Hertfordshire. After that I interned for designers such as Romina Karamanea and Emilio De La’Morena but I wanted to be creative in my own right so in 2011, I started my own label, Wesley Harriott."
"I grew up drawing cartoons. I remember being interested in Japan and their comic books from the age of about four. That developed and I found myself drawing the costumes more than the characters.
There’s actually a hint of superhero in my designs, in a very wearable way. I design for the ultimate city superwoman!"
"It’s about women on the go. I grew up in Tottenham so I’ve always been around quite tough women. So it’s about masculinity to an extent. I have this thing about women doing things that men should typically do, but making them better."
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