Paolo Carzana is the welsh designer behind namesake label Paolo Carzana. Working with plant based, recycled, organic and repurposed materials, natural dyes and handmade construction, Carzana’s garments explore the tensions between strength and fragility.
Carzana made his LFW presentation debut in September 2022 with SS23 collection Imagine We Could Be the Ones to Change It All. His catwalk debut followed in February 2023 with AW23 collection Queer Symphony, widely applauded as ‘the opening of another chapter in the fairy story of London fashion’ (Sarah Mower, Vogue). These much anticipated collections succeeded his lockdown collection, Another World, presented at LFW DiscoveryLab in June 2021. Renowned Hat maker Nasir Mazhar, collaborates with Carzana on headwear and sculpture.
September 2023 saw Carzana dramatically bolster his international acclaim with SS24 collection, My Heart Is a River for You to Bend. Cathy Horyn (The Cut, New Yorker) praised as one of the four leading collections across London Fashion Week. British Vogue Sustainability editor Emily Chan acknowledged Carzana as a leading sustainable focused designer.
The SS24 collection and womenswear debut, gained Carzana a prestigious British Fashion Council Fashion Award (2023) nomination. Carzana’s status as a pillar in British Fashion was solidified with a major feature in Rebel: 30 Years of London Fashion landmark exhibition (Design Museum).
Carzana is a current recipient of the British Fashion Council NEWGEN award and is an artist in residence at the Sarabande Foundation established by Lee Alexander McQueen. Prior, the designer has received the British Fashion Council and Kering Scholarship for Sustainability, LVMH Grand Prix Scholarship and the James Pantyfedwen Scholarship to enable his MA education at Central Saint Martins. Carzana interned at Walter Van Beirendonck (Antwerp, 2016/17) and Versus Versace (Milan, 2017).
MY HEART IS A RIVER FOR YOU TO BEND
IMAGINE WE COULD BE THE ONES TO CHANGE IT ALL
THE BOY WHO CAME BACK TO LIFE
THE BOY YOU STOLE
BRITISH FASHION COUNCIL - NEWGEN RECIPIENT
SOHO HOUSE - CREATIVE FELLOWSHIP RECIPIENT
SARABANDE FOUNDATION ESTABLISHED BY LEE ALEXANDER MCQUEEN - DESIGNER IN RESIDENCE
DAZED - DAZED 100 RECIPIENT
LVMH - LVMH GRAND PRIX MA SCHOLARSHIP
THE JAMES PANTYFEDWEN FOUNDATION - MA SCHOLARSHIP
BRITISH FASHION COUNCIL - MA FINAL YEAR SCHOLARSHIP
KERING - KERING MA SCHOLARSHIP FOR SUSTAINABILITY
FASHIONCLASH - FASHION MAKES SENSE AWARD JURY WINNER
BRITISH FASHION COUNCIL - BA EXCEPTIONAL CIRCUMSTANCES SCHOLARSHIP