The London-based designer first made waves in 2010 when, at 22, he became the youngest student to earn an MA in womenswear from the prestigious Central Saint Martins. He's been a major draw at London Fashion Week ever since.
Born in Canada, Tait grew up in a sleepy suburb outside Montreal, Canada. Thomas completed a three-year technical diploma at Collège LaSalle in July 2008 and then enrolled in the women’s wear MA program at London’s Central Saint Martin’s College of Art and Design. His tight use of shape and silhouette is paired with a modern refinement for clothing that is nearly athletic in its approach to luxury. The volumes catch space, upheld by gravity, while the lines stay sleek and somewhat austere.
Tait received the inaugural Dorchester Collection Fashion Prize, after consideration from judges such as Manolo Blahnik and Right Hon. In May 2014, Thomas won the inaugural LVMH Young Designer Prize.
AW 2016 COLLECTION
Playful and masterly, designer Thomas Tait's Autumn/Winter 2016 collection featured androgynous looks of hand-developed fabrics combined with prints crafted into florals, using yo yo quilting techniques. Swarovski crystal was placed on the models right before the presentation, organic to each look—peppering a collar here, a hemline there. Riffing on last season's incorporation of hidden openings into pieces, several pieces had cutouts meant to symbolize ‘windows into the body’.
SS 2016 COLLECTION
Thomas Tait's Spring/Summer 2016 collection of playsuits, skirts, tights and dresses were covered in studded constellations of embroidered Swarovski crystals and crystal globe beads. Cut-outs and rounded shapes lent the collection a neo-mod appeal, both futuristic and taking distinct pattern cues from the 60's and 70's with gypsy blouses and models rocking twiggy-esque eye makeup. Crystal appeared on collars and belts, and was spotted suspended in handmade embroideries as well as hanging from models as necklaces and earrings.