Cooke is full of energy and wisps of fluff from his moulting dusty-pink mohair jumper catch the late-afternoon light, as he enthusiastically gesticulates whilst talking through his collection.
Originally from Crawley in West Sussex, Cooke spent most of his spare time between Brighton and London, especially whilst completing his fashion and textiles foundation at Northbrook College. Self-admittedly quite naïvely, Cooke arrived at Central Saint Martins where he studied BA Fashion Design with Print and consolidated his passion for experimenting with print and textiles. “It’s funny because I never really saw myself as a textiles designer, but now I realise that I definitely view fashion in that way, and everything is really geared towards that.”
In his placement year, Cooke first interned six months with Walter Van Beirendonck in Antwerp before heading to Paris to assist John Galliano with research in the run-up to his appointment as the creative director of Maison Margiela. Both experiences offered Cooke a fresh perspective on his work and left him eager to return to CSM to produce his BA graduate collection.
“I NEVER REALLY SAW MYSELF AS A TEXTILES DESIGNER, BUT NOW I REALISE THAT I DEFINITELY VIEW FASHION IN THAT WAY, AND EVERYTHING IS REALLY GEARED TOWARDS THAT.”