Rhys Ellis is a womenswear designer that launched his fashion label in 2016. He studied a BA in Fashion Design at Birmingham City University and Politecnico di Milano. Rhys stayed in Milan to train with Bespoke Tailor Guiltiero Fornetti, ex tailor to both Versace, Byblos and Armani.
After gaining invaluable experience in traditional Bespoke Tailoring, Rhys Ellis moved to London for a short period where he worked for womenswear designer Jean Pierre Braganza before moving to Amsterdam to work with Couture Designer Iris Van Herpen. Rhys Ellis worked on garments and patterns for the ‘Transforming Fashion’ Exhibition at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, Le Bord des Mondes Exhibition at Palais de Tokyo, Paris and ‘Manus X Machina’ Exhibition at Metropolitan Museum in New York. Alongside exhibition garments, he worked on Ready-to-wear collections and shoes which were showcased during Paris Fashion Week.
Aside from working on garments for Iris Van Herpen, Rhys Ellis has assisted in many photoshoots with numerous well known designers; The New York Times photoshoot in Paris with German Fashion Photographer Juergen Teller, Bart Oomes photoshoot for Iris Van Herpens’ New Book and Press shoots with Fashion Photographers Warren du preez and Nick Thornton-Jones to name a few.
The contrasting experience between traditional tailoring and innovative design has drawn Rhys Ellis’ attention to the importance of fashion forward design and attention to detail.