Mark Fast

Mark Fast, chosen by Angela Missoni

Tell us about your stellar rise to prominence on the British scene, it’s been a big few years for you.

I feel very lucky to be able to show in a fashion city with such history. It always seemed a fairy-tale to me, but now I am living my dream. It just goes to show that this city is a real centre of hope for boundless creativity.

What was it that first inspired you to experiment with knitwear?

My tutor, Jessica Bugg, encouraged me to experiment with knitwear because my research was very texture driven. When I sat in front of my first machine, I did not know where to begin but that was the exciting part. There was so much to come from the unknown.

Who would you cite as your key fashion world influences?

I am heavily influenced by the 1920's, The Russian-born painter Erté, and a whole host of artists from that era such as Dimitri Chiparus.

Your work has been described as an organic extension of the female form – is this a primary concern in the design process?

As I am knitting, it is about imagining the female form underneath the stitches and how I can emulate her body.

How would you best describe the British fashion industry?

Rebelliously romantic

Who would you cite as your biggest inter-industry advocates thus far?

My parents have been the biggest support of all. Beyond that, Domus Magazine interviewed me, which was cool because I'm very interested in structure and architecture. The music industry has really gotten into what I am doing which is fun, I like loaning to singers like Rihanna and Kylie Minogue and then seeing the pictures of them out in my work. At home in Canada I am working on something very special with the art community, it will be an inter-disciplinary installation and I'm really excited about it.

Do you intend to continue showing in London

I love it here and London is the backbone of my creative vision.

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Pieces by Harris Elliott and his high fashion advocate, Paul Smith, for the Wallpaper* Show Time shoot

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H Jacket from H by Harris

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Q1 Skin from H by Harris

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Q4 Tote from H by Harris

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Q3 Rucksack from H by Harris

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Mark Fast coupes up with Angela Missoni for the Wallpaper* shoot

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Mark Fast, Spring Summer 2010

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Mark Fast, Spring Summer 2010

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Mark Fast, Spring Summer 2010

Woman in blue color dress.

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Mark Fast, Spring Summer 2010

A man in black and green colored cloths.

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James Long combined with pieces from Lucas Ossendrijver of Lanvin, for the W*130 shoot

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James Long, Spring Summer 2010

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James Long, Spring Summer 2010

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James Long, Spring Summer 2010

A man in black and green color dress.

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A man in black color dress.

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James Long, Spring Summer 2010

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James Long, Spring Summer 2010

A woman is standing like flying.

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A blouse by Veryta comes combined with pieces from Stefano Pilati at Yves Saint Laurent

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Veryta, Spring Summer 2010

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Veryta, Spring Summer 2010

A woman in white and blue color dress.

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Veryta, Spring Summer 2010

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Veryta, Spring Summer 2010

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Veryta, Spring Summer 2010

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A distinctive, cherry-inspired headpiece from milliner Piers Atkinson coupled with a Pringle of Scotland dress for the Wallpaper* shoot

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Piers Atkinson, 'Sex on the Brain' Spring Summer 2010

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Piers Atkinson, 'Sex on the Brain' Spring Summer 2010

A lady is having fruits on head.

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Piers Atkinson, 'Sex on the Brain' Spring Summer 2010

A lady is having fruit.

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Piers Atkinson, 'Sex on the Brain' Spring Summer 2010

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Mary Katrantzou, as chosen by Frida Giannini of Gucci for Wallpaper*

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Mary Katrantzou, Spring Summer 2010

A woman is in colorful dress.

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Mary Katrantzou, Spring Summer 2010

A woman in colorful dress.

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Mary Katrantzou, Spring Summer 2010

A woman in black and blue color dress.

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Mary Katrantzou, Spring Summer 2010

A woman is in simple dress.

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Mary Katrantzou, Spring Summer 2010

A woman is sleeping on the floor.

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A Christopher Shannon t-shirt and trousers-combo with pieces by Italo Zuchelli at Calvin Klein

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Christopher Shannon, Spring Summer 2010

A man in white and blue color dress.

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A man in t-shirt and having bag.

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Christopher Shannon, Spring Summer 2010

A man in simple t-shirt.

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Christopher Shannon, Spring Summer 2010

Christopher Shannon

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Christopher Shannon, Spring Summer 2010

A multi-chromatic shirt and short selection by Jsen Wintle combined with a coat from his advocate, Christopher Bailey of Burberry.

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A multi-chromatic shirt and short selection by Jsen Wintle combined with a coat from his advocate, Christopher Bailey of Burberry

A man in dark color dress.

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Jsen Wintle, Spring Summer 2010

Jsen Wintle

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Jsen Wintle, Spring Summer 2010

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Jsen Wintle, Spring Summer 2010

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Jsen Wintle, Spring Summer 2010

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Jsen Wintle, Spring Summer 2010

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A bewigged Mare un Rol's model for the Wallpaper* January issue shoot

A look book selection from the latest season at Latvian fashion house.

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A look book selection from the latest season at Latvian fashion house, Mare un Rol's

A look book selection from the latest season at Latvian fashion house.

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A look book selection from the latest season at Latvian fashion house, Mare un Rol's

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A look book selection from the latest season at Latvian fashion house, Mare un Rol's

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A look book selection from the latest season at Latvian fashion house, Mare un Rol's

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A look book selection from the latest season at Latvian fashion house, Mare un Rol's

A look book selection from the latest season at Latvian fashion house.

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A look book selection from the latest season at Latvian fashion house, Mare un Rol's

Catface mask by Maiko Takeda.

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Catface mask by Maiko Takeda

Rose headpiece by Maiko Takeda.

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Rose headpiece by Maiko Takeda

Fashion Features Editor

Jack Moss is the Fashion Features Editor at Wallpaper*. Having previously held roles at 10, 10 Men and AnOther magazines, he joined the team in 2022. His work has a particular focus on the moments where fashion and style intersect with other creative disciplines – among them art and design – as well as championing a new generation of international talent and profiling the industry’s leading figures and brands.