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Josephine Jones, the first transgender designer to show at LFW on why she love the rebellious nature of London

 

Goldsmiths fine art grad Jones was the first transgender designer to show at LFW — and with an all transgender cast.

When she’s not custom-making floral-print silk frocks, she’s modelling for MAC, Tim Walker and Charles Jeffrey, and lives by her motto, ‘Be the change you can’t see’.

Why London?

On some level I feel I don’t have a choice. Physical violence and threats is a common experience for trans people. If that’s bad in London I can only imagine how it might be in other places. London inspires me enough to push through it. Creative spirit and rebellion starts here. We get the first note and the last note of every subculture.


Jones’ designs

Favourite vintage store? 

Honey, I will go anywhere for vintage. You can’t beat One of a Kind on Portobello Road for iconic pieces. My favourite is a gorgeous Ossie Clarke chiffon number with a Celia Birtwell print. Cecila Birtwell follows me on Instagram, which I am absolutely gassed about.

How did you get to where you are today?

I grew up in Buckinghamshire with my parents, then they passed away and I went into foster care. I realised I could be anywhere I wanted to be, so I went to Brighton to go to art college and then to Goldsmiths University, where I did fashion as my f