Whoever told you to dance like there’s nobody watching obviously never saw Saul Nash’s London Fashion Week debut earlier this year. Part fashion presentation, part dance performance, the hour-long show saw seven dancers morphing in and out of a hive of interacting human bodies dressed in activewear that wasn’t typically so. It finished at 12.30, and by the end of the day, everyone in the industry knew who Saul Nash was. Such is the power of a fresh designer bringing something completely new to the table.
North East London born and bred, Saul celebrates the duality of movement and dress. After dancing for 13 years, he decided to add a visual response to his activity and study Performance Design at Central Saint Martins. “It was about costume design and set, in creative environments… But at the same time I’ve always been obsessed by clothes so it was only natural that I started pushing towards fashion,” he reminisces. Soon after graduating, he got a scholarship to the MA in Menswear at the Royal Academy of Arts in London, where he developed a brand under his own name. “Dance liberated me and gave me a point of expression but [the brand] appeals to anybody who wants to wear sportswear, but it does sit on the cusp between fashion and activewear.” Avoiding clichés of dancers’ uniforms, his clothes are poetic and functional at the same time while also creating a conversation about gender and sexuality.
Still an active dancer, Saul is adamant at living both of his lives in synergy: “I feel like there’s no brand without dance and movement.” As he continues from a stellar debut, he looks into the future with a clear idea of what his utopia looks like. “A place where people are a lot more open and understanding of other people or what they’re going through.”