For our latest episode of HYPEBEAST Visits, we went inside the workspace of the 2021 ANDAM fashion award winner Bianca Saunders. The London designer, whose pieces have captured celebrity attention from the likes of Kanye West, WizKid and LaKeith Stanfield, counters the traditional notions of gender and masculinity through the lens of fashion.
Saunders’ studio is based at the Sarabande Foundation, Lee Alexander McQueen’s collective which supports a myriad of creatives with scholarships and studio spaces. There, the designer’s artistry comes to life in a series of rooms — one houses her mood boards, prints and fabric swatches, while another hosts her sewing machine and a large collection of fabric.
“There are so many fabrics here now,” Saunders says. “It’s actually getting out of control. We’re getting quite a lot of celebrity interest, looks made for shows and costume looks. If we’re going to make something, we’re going to make something out of what we already have.”
Elsewhere in the studio, Saunders utilizes an open, versatile space, where hair and makeup artists, models and stylists convene to put together full lookbook photoshoots in-house.
“It’s helped me be able to give up a lot of the smaller jobs because I’m able to get more help with a bigger space now,” she says.
Take an inside look at Bianca Saunders workspace above.