Kirsty Ward’s aesthetic celebrates bold cuts, defined structures and powerful embellishment. Originally from Oxfordshire she completed her BA in Womenswear in Manchester before going on to undertake the MA Womenswear course at Central Saint Martins. It was here that she began to develop her penchant for unconventional structures and an emphasis on form. Graduating with a distinction she was quickly snapped up by the Alberta Ferretti design team in Italy. After a year and a half honing her craft with Ferretti, Kirsty Ward launched her eponymous label in 2010.
A merging of jewellery and clothing are at the core of Kirsty Ward’s minimal meets maximal collections. Materials are varied and often rely on an element of contradiction. This merging of contrasting yet complementary elements is key to the eclectic nature of Kirsty Ward’s designs.
Ward’s collections have received high praise and plaudits from the most respected of fashion industry leaders. Elle named her a ‘Rising Star of 2011’ and Vogue.com announced that she was one of their ‘Designer’s to Watch’. Selected as one of Selfridges’ Bright Young Things Kirsty Ward showcased her debut collection in the store’s window and created limited edition pieces to be sold in store and online. Kirsty was shortlisted for WGSN’s 2011 global fashion awards in the Breakthrough designer category. Also in early 2013 Kirsty was selected by Vogue Italia to take part in their Vogue Talents Corner at Milan fashion week, where her AW13 collection impressed many fashion industry heavyweights including Anna Wintour.