Can you tell us more about the inspiration behind the collection? What about the British Aestheticism movement appealed to you?
I am obsessed with Oscar Wilde. The British Aestheticism movement was about appreciating aesthetics with no real rationale behind it.
Which figures of the British Aestheticism movement influenced your collection?
Christopher Dresser and architect E.W. Godwin. Dresser was a main figure in the Aesthetic Movement, and a significant contributor to the Anglo-Japanese style which typified the movement.
The collection embodies the motto “Art for Art’s Sake”. Is fashion a form of art to you?
Yes, absolutely. Everything’s all mixed together now anyways. Art and fashion? It’s hard to tell the difference. You could say fashion is about the body, and art is about an emotional interpretation of the body.
What is different about this capsule collection compared to your previous collaborations with Net-A-Porter?
We did a very successful shirt collaboration with Net-A-Porter a few years back. This is a complete collection with clothes and accessories including our new disc satchels, which we will exclusively introduce for the first time on Net-A-Porter.
What are the standout pieces of the collection?
There is a very elegant and modern long black dress, an unexpected pant suit, and a new mini version of our large disc satchel, which we are very excited about.
How has the classic shirt been transformed in this collection?
We really focused on the structure of the shirting: a modern twist on a classic design, an item to be dressed up or dressed down.
The collection also includes your collaboration with Converse. What do you think makes the sneaker a timeless item?
It is a staple everyone should have in their wardrobe, just like your perfect jeans.
The JW Anderson x Net-A-Porter collection will be available on Net-a-Porter after the JW Anderson Spring/Summer 2019 show on 15 September at 11pm. See all the pieces in the gallery below: