Georgia Hardinge’s transient early life and international background gave her much opportunity to travel and develop her fascination with design. Georgia’s signature style achieves the rare quality of encompassing both an avant-garde yet wearable aesthetic.
Georgia’s Autumn Winter 2011 ‘Merit Award’ win granted her first stand-alone runway show at Vauxhall Fashion Scout and it was an astounding success, since then she has continued to shine with a catwalk show each season at London Fashion Week. Celebrated collaborations include bespoke outfits for the Victoria Secret fashion show and designing a limited edition Lancome bottle, exclusively sold in Selfridge’s. Most recently, the label has seen its first collaboration with the high street, Georgia Hardinge for River Island is a 14 piece collection that will be sold in stores and online nationwide. Sponsorship from the Centre for Fashion Enterprise as a participant in their highly sought after Pioneer Programme has been a great achievement for Hardinge.
So far she has received international press as Grazia’s ‘One to Watch’, Instyle’s ‘Name to Know’, and a main fashion feature in Marie Claire. Other press include Sunday Times Style, British Vogue, Stylist, Tatler, Harper’s Bazaar and ID. Celebrity fans include Florence and the Machine, Beyonce, Alicia Keys, Nelly Furtado, Lady Gaga, Erin O’Conner, Daisy Lowe, and Jessie J.
This innovative young designer’s inspiration for design comes from a passion for architectural shapes and sculpture, which can be seen throughout her work, forming landscape shapes to uniquely accentuate and flatter the female silhouette. Fashion is Georgia’s way of molding design techniques to create an art piece of lasting purpose
Graduating from Parsons Paris School of Art and Design in 2008, Hardinge was awarded ‘the Golden Thimble’ for best designer for her graduate collection. She was recognized for creating highly technical and structural pieces that showed her creativity for contemporary design. Continuing her success, Samsung then went on to choose her to create a one-off collection for their commercial that was aired worldwide.
After a return to London in early 2009, Hardinge set up her fashion label. Subsequently, in July of that year, she was chosen to take part in All Walks Beyond The Catwalk, a project that was set up by Caryn Franklin and Erin O’Connor to challenge the expectations of ready-to-wear imagery by showcasing a variety of age, shape and sizes of model. The catwalk event shown at London Fashion Week also included designers Mark Fast, Hannah Marshall and David Koma and was hosted by Britain’s first lady Sarah Brown.
Since its foundation, the Georgia Hardinge brand has been moving at a decidedly fast and ever-increasing rate. She has recently been commissioned to make bespoke garments for musicians such as Alicia Keys, Sarah Brightman, Jessie J, Ren Harvieu and Jess Mills to wear for press shots and live performances.
Fashion is for Georgia a means to manipulate design to create artistic pieces that have longevity, beauty and are of course wearable. She believes that “the highest approach of Art awareness is through Fashion”.