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Charlotte James
16 November 2022

Fashion

Charlotte James

16 November 2022 | Minute read

Charlotte James

The creative director and filmmaker Charlotte James was born and raised in Merthyr Tydfil. She is interested in experimenting with different approaches to collaborating with communities through fashion and film, and creative workshops for young people.

Charlotte has produced editorial and commercial work in collaboration with Alexander McQueen, Gucci, Helmut Lang, and Vogue Italia, and her work has appeared in publications around the world including British Vogue, US Vogue, 10 Magazine, Another Magazine, The Face, Twin Magazine and The New Yorker.

Her upbringing has been a core part of her work, with a number of projects involving family, friends and local people. Her most prominent work is It’s Called Fashion, developed over two years with Clementine Schneidermann, which celebrates this community and builds connections through fashion, film and creative workshops.

It’s Called Fashion was staged by BBC New Creatives, Amgueddfa Cymru – Museum Wales and the Martin Parr Foundation in the form of an exhibition and accompanying photographic book.

Ophelia Dos Santos

Ophelia is a Welsh textile designer and climate justice activist based in Cardiff.

She specialises in hand embroidery, repairing clothing and re-purposing clothing and waste use. As well as having a positive social and environmental impact, her work is also a visual reminder of fashion’s changing approach to sustainability, inspiring others to give old clothes a second chance.

Through her platform she creates informative content, to educate and encourage discussion about sustainable fashion, overconsumption, and equality. Working in the community she focuses on skills-sharing as a powerful tool to discuss the complexities of climate change, encouraging people to get involved and take action. She leads workshops with local charities and organisations and shows how simple embroidery techniques can be used to repair and regenerate clothing.

Through her platform she creates informative content to educate and encourage discussion about sustainable fashion, overconsumption, and equality. Working in the community she focuses on skills-sharing as a powerful tool to discuss the complexities of climate change, encouraging people to get involved and take action. She leads workshops with local charities and organisations and shows how simple embroidery techniques can be used to repair and regenerate clothing.

Megan Winstone

Megan is a fashion photographer from Abercynon, Rhondda Cynon Taf.  Her work is inspired by feminist theory and attempts to demolish society’s expectations of negative body images. Her Welsh heritage is evident in her portfolio, particularly the work commissioned by Stella McCartney, The Face and others. Over the summer, she taught photography to a youth group in Aberdare as part of the Cynon Valley Museum’s summer school.

Laurie Broughton

Laurie recently graduated from the University of South Wales with a degree in Social Documentary Photography. His work discusses themes such as youth and subculture, formally from a social housing perspective, as well as climate change in south Wales.

Through research and confronting different topics, he aims to challenge himself to look beyond superficial notions of identity and cultural stereotypes while creating images in an immersive way within communities. He wants his work to question and discuss outdated assumptions about these communities, creating over a long period of time to challenge the social norm.

Ffian Jones

Ffian is a men’s clothing designer from Caerphilly. She developed her 2022 RCA Degree Collection Let’s Talk About Better Things Than That from interviews by young men, focusing on changes in the world of work in south Wales’s post-industrial communities. Ffian’s work is based on three values – people, place and protest – and focuses on themes of contemporary masculinity, political instability, humour, dialect and local language. She is currently developing her first collection under her FFIAN brand.

Siôn Marshall-Waters

Siôn Marshall-Waters is a film producer and photographer based in south Wales. With his background in visual anthropology, an ethnographic attitude towards people and place is evident in his work. His short film Forest Coal Pit, sponsored by BFI Network, was recently shortlisted for the Grierson Award.


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