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Brand: Andrew Gn
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Andrew Gn was born in Singapore in 1966, the youngest of three brothers and two sisters. In 1986, Andrew enrolled in the renowned Saint Martins School of Art and Design in London. While majoring in Fashion Design at Saint Martins, Andrew won the French Connection Award, sponsored by the English/French Chamber of Commerce, which was open to all the fashion colleges in the United Kingdom. Andrew also participated in the Design Exchange programme at Parsons School of Design for a term. He returned to Saint Martins to complete his Bachelor of Art degree in December 1989. The following year, Andrew moved to Milan to attend the prestigious Domus Academy. There his professors included Romeo Gigli, Luciano Soprani, Anna Piaggi and Gianfranco Ferre. While studying, he freelanced for Ratti, a textile company, and for the fashion house Basile. After receiving his Masters of Art in 1992, Andrew accepted the offer to assist Emanuel Ungaro in Paris. In 1996, Andrew decided it was time to strike out on his own, launching the ANDREW GN collection which is mainly manufactured in France. Known for his East-meets-West design aesthetics, love of plush fabrics, exuberant use of colours and exquisite couture detailing, Andrew Gn’s Ready-to-Wear collections are nothing short of spectacular. His attention to details, fine craftsmanship and immaculate tailoring has made him one of Europe’s and America’s prominent fashion designers. He draws his inspiration from history, architecture, decorative arts, women and the bohemian mix of the 60s, 70s and 80s styles to arrive at chic, eclectic and ultra-feminine silhouettes for each collection. Andrew is not a designer who withholds on extravagance. Amongst the inner fashion circles and glitterati, he is admired for his no-holds-barred approach to embellishment. Such attention to details would result in the creation of Byzantine jewel closure on a cardigan, rock crystals sewn on jackets, tiny pheasant-feather collars on tweed, floral appliqués, cashmere coat with a chin-grazing white fox collar, bubble dress with fringes of gold chain and antique lace as trim on skirt suits and silk camisoles. He is definitely one designer who knows how to pamper his customers. In her 2006 review of his collection, writer Nicole Phelps of Style.com commented, "It's not hard to imagine the social schedule of the woman who'll snap up the rock crystal-strewn white linen trench or black linen sheath Andrew Gn showed for spring. Lunch at BG, dinner at Le Bernardin, box seats at the opera, season tickets to the ballet. Gn designs for a customer who likes her clothes as precious as her jewels." With high profile clients such as Celine Dion, Jessica de Rothschild, Charlotte Rampling, Marisa Berenson, Sarah Jessica Parker, Calista Flockhart and Gwyneth Paltrow, he has garnered an impressive celebrity following. Apart from designing women’s wear, Andrew also started an accessories collection and some of his wonderful designs include 'Aztec' inspired chunky rings and bracelets- decorated in turquoise, blue and green stones, as well as 'Art-Deco' style jewellery. He was also a guest designer for Leiber, a famous minaudiere-making handbag house for their Fall Collection and brought luxurious embellishment to the bags. His talent, tenacity and passion for his work has won him international accolade. The ANDREW GN label is now available at Bergdorf Goodman, Barney's New York, Kirna Zabête, (New York), Barney's New York (Boston, Dallas, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, San Francisco), Neiman Marcus (Atlanta, Boca Raton, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Palm Beach, Nordstrom (Chicago, Coral Gables, Dallas, Paramus, San Diego, San Francisco), Tootsies (Houston, Dallas), Wilkes Bashford (San Francisco), Hudson's Bay, Hugo Nicholson, Zola Shoes (Toronto), Harvey Nichols (London, Leeds, Edinburgh, Dublin), Browns (London), Loveless, Ginza Komatsu (Tokyo), Lotte Department Store (Seoul, Korea), Swank Shop (Hong Kong), Julia Boutique (Taipei, Taichung, Taiwan), Saks Fifth Avenue (Riyadh, Dubai), Boutique 1 (Dubai), Podium, Vesna (Moscow), Eickhoff (Düsseldorf), Unger (Hamburg), Anita Smaga (Geneva), Darling (Athens), Elite (Marbella), Stylebop.com and many other stores around the world.
With his mixed Chinese and Japanese ancestry, his upbringing in Singapore, his further education in England, Andrew Gn is a citizen of the world, which fully reflects in his creations. After studying at Central Saint Martins in London and Domus Academy in Milan, Andrew Gn came to Paris to work as assistant to M. Emmanuel Ungaro. He then started his own house which has over the years grown into a full-fledged international label, available in the best stores around the world. Since his early childhood Andrew Gn was immersed in the world of Art and Antiques. He is a collector at heart. This passion translates into many cultural and historical inspirations for his fashion designs. Chinese porcelain, Braque, Utopian Robots, there is no impossible dialog. East meets West, Klimt meets Tribal art and Baroque meets Sci-Fi. His collections are a journey through time and space, encapsulated in the most luxurious and exclusive materials.