About JW Anderson
Combining sinister phenomena with a love of mystical characters in history and literature, the intensely dramatic aesthetics of J. W. Anderson have made him one of the most intriguing menswear designers in current British fashion.
Born in Magherafelt, Northern Ireland in 1984, Jonathan William Anderson originally wanted to pursue a career in acting. In 2001, he moved to Washington DC to study drama at The Actors' Studio where he discovered a love for stage costumes. Anderson soon moved back to London where, whilst working as a stylist - most notably for the artist Rufus Wainwright - Anderson took his degree in menswear at the London College of Fashion. He graduated in 2001, at which point he had already established his label.
J. W. Anderson made it's debut at London Fashion Week in September 2007 with a menswear collection characterised by the use of real insects in jewellery. A dark, Rasputin-inspired autumn/winter 2008 collection soon followed, before Anderson made his breakthrough with the highly anticipated spring/summer 2009 collection, An Eye for An Eye.