Alexander Jackson

Image: “No human face is exactly the same in its lines on each side, no leaf perfect in it’s lobes, no branch in its symmetry. All admit irregularity as they imply change; and to banish imperfection is to destroy expression, to check exertion, to paralyze vitality.”
-John Ruskin, On Art And Life (1883)

It could be argued that the societal obsession with modernity has broken the very design principles that guide our understanding of our purpose in the world. Often formulaic and mass produced, our current methods of design and production have led us to believe clothing is simply a commodity and, therefore, disposable. For over a century, this system has cheapened the status of the craftsman and led to a carelessness for the Earth—it is a system that favors trends and immediacy, and, often, only yields cheaply-made approximations of craft, which do not offer people long-term fulfillment. This collection is focused on recovering the authenticity one observes in Old World objects to create contemporary pieces of lasting significance; works that both honor and engage with the material and the consumer. I consciously reject corporate methods of design and production, and, instead, I aim to create pieces that forge a stronger connection to the natural world, from which I and many others feel increasingly alienated. To achieve this, I designed four distinct looks that draw technique and inspiration from pre-industrial European design and craft, specifically of Medieval and Celtic eras—periods of Western European history where the designer and maker were strongly linked and material limitations imparted a uniqueness to each piece. I combine craft and allegorical symbolism to transform valuable materials into emotionally-resonant, wearable pieces: meticulously detailed garments, embedded with precious gemstones and ornate metallic sculptures, where the embellishments function as works of jewelry themselves. Rich colors are achieved through plant-dyed fabrics; the pieces are composed of wholly natural fibers, like wool, silk, and linen. Mythic imagery, plant life, and other natural forms are suggested in symmetrical yet imperfect prints, in embroidery, and in jewelry. These choices bestow a personal, irreplicable quality to the pieces- reflecting the idea that neither I, nor those that wear my garments, can be mass-produced and retrieving for both myself and the wearer, the spiritual, essential aspect of fashion.


Alexander is a Fashion and Jewelry designer who focuses on the intersection of craft and spirituality. He strives to show beyond doubt that the human hand is more valuable then any machine; employing old world craft skills and allegorical symbolism to create one of a kind objects which cannot be reproduced through means of mass production and underpaid labor. Alexander aesthetic is characterized by organic shapes, wholly natural materials, rich colors; which questions conventions of modernity and commerciality. His interests lie in creating a stronger bond between designer and maker, and socializing the system of production in the fashion industry.