Yvonne Deacon

Y.A.E.Deacon@brighton.ac.uk

Yvonne Deacon studied at Kingston University graduating with a BA(Hons) in Fashion and Textiles. She entered the fashion industry as a designer working with cutting edge menswear clothiers Cockell and Johnson and Hoofer. She is credited with the introduction of the fatigue pant and the hoody into the fashion arena, now an urban clothing phenomenon.

Her collections were sold to a wide international market at the London Designer Shows, Paris Sehm and Prêt a Porter. Her designs appealed to a young  mass market and sold in locations as diverse as Iceland, Paris, Patricia Fields and Macys in NY, Japan, and in the UK Browns and Paul Smith among many others.

As a consultant designer and under her label ‘Bohemian’ she created innovative ranges for clients such as Lloyd Johnson and Boy, which lead to collaborative development of bespoke rock and stage clothing. Pieces made for Adam Ant are now held in the V and A clothing archive.

As a lecturer over 20 years at AIU, Central Saint Martins and Southampton Solent, she has created fashion courses and developed lectures from the perspective of her own clothing ethos. Lectures link transmigrations in history to the development of textiles and fashion absorbing current sociological changes in culture, music and the visual arts.

Her ongoing research explores the transition of concept and the manipulation of material that test links, through visual research, theatre and fashion for creative design expression.