BANG X HAÜS

"When We come together nothing can stop us,

nothing can fucking stop us."

Bang Creative Director Derek shot by Matty Parks for Haus Magazine
Interviewed by Jack Hope , Photographed by Matty Parks , Garments by BANG London.

SO HERES A SIMPLE ONE, WHERE DO YOU FIND YOUR INSPIRATION?


It's always people, mostly everyday people, I am constantly looking

for the person that's pulling a look. The people that inspire me most are the

people that are on Instagram with like 2000 followers or maybe 500 followers,

I seek that level of coolness, because they are doing it for themselves, not the audience.

Night life, That's why socialising is massively important to me, like going to clubs all of that.


SEEING THE PEOPLE, SEEING THE FACES SEEING THE LOOKS.

When I started going to clubs more, I became more inspired. I was in my late 20s when I started clubbing, I did a stint of clubbing when I was younger but I had no confidence. I was always too afraid. Clubbing opened up a whole new world of inspiration for me.

WHAT'S YOUR CREATIVE PROCESS? SPECIFICALLY WHEN YOU'RE DESIGNING FOR A CLIENT, OR JUST A NEW COLLECTION? WHAT'S THE PROCESS OF THAT?


My creative process has to change because my client and their needs change every day. But much like any creative person if I have a two week deadline, I won't start the garment until the last minute. Then I panic and create my best work. I never really have to design collections, That's why it's so lucky I'm a costume designer that specialises in custom pieces.

Don't ask me to make five of those (laughs) do you know what I mean?


ONE OFF GARMENTS ONLY.

Because I'm Dyslexic, I have to figure out the way to do it.


I WAS GOING TO ASK IN OUR EARLIER CONVERSATION PRIOR TO

THIS DO YOU HAVE ADHD OR DYSLEXIA?

Dyslexia.

IF YOU HAVE EITHER YOU TEND TO PROCESS INFORMATION DIFFERENTLY AS WELL AS PUZZLE SOLVING. YOU PUT THINGS TOGETHER IN SUCH A UNIQUE WAY BECAUSE OF THE WAY YOUR BRAIN WORKS, YOU SUBCONSCIOUSLY DO THINGS IN A UNIQUE WAY. BUT IT HAS THE SAME OUTCOME AS IF YOU DID IT IN A TRADITIONAL SENSE.


Dyslexia is my bitch.

Because if you think about it when you're dyslexic, you can do everything that everybody else can do. I've learned as a dyslexic, its about formulas , if we just put this here and move that there, we can actually go straight to here and get it done quicker. So that's why working on deadlines is really good for me in terms of my dyslexia.

The trained eye will go down a more technical path. my dyslexia says,

fuck all that put it through the sewing machine and get it done.


DO YOU HAVE ANY MUSES FOR YOUR WORK?

PEOPLE THAT YOU DESIGN GARMENTS IN YOUR MIND FOR?

Yeah, I have a few people. Tayce is a massive muse to me. I remember first seeing Her. Bit of a sour one because she actually walked into a club and they were friends with my ex and I was like. There's my fucking ex, but who is this person? I remember, Tayce walked by me and I was like, Oh no, I have to know this person. And naturally we connected because above anything, I'm a massive believer of magnetism. It's hindsight. I see it happen. I wake up the next morning to emails I've imagined the night before.


Joss Jaycoff has always been an inspiration to me.

You've personally been an inspiration to me. Do you remember Joss that used to go Dollar Baby?

Joss is one of my favourite people in the world.


THEY MOVED AWAY FROM LONDON AND WENT TO BARCELONA I THINK.

Yeah they’re back in Barcelona doing amazing things for the Non-Binary Community.

Really amazing things, Joss is a super passionate person and a very passionate person

about appearance and having met Joss another person like you,

I was blown away by the beauty.


Who else? I can't leave anyone out with this… Santi Storm, Johanna Londinium & Dani St. James but they're the people that I say to you are real people. They're the people that I now see in my daily life. But when me and Santi come together, it's magic. It really is.


Rita (Ora) is a massive, massive muse to me. And she was one of the first big clients I had. My life has been defined by 4 amazing women Rihanna, Beyonce, Rita Ora, Kate Moss, those women taught me the biggest lessons I've ever learned in the industry.

My biggest Muse and I say this with a smile on my face is my ex-girlfriend, we were together for eight years, we ran a business together my first company was called Die For Love and her name was Laura. So Die for Love (referring to tattoo). was for me and her.

She was my first muse.


creative director of bang london photographed by matty parks for haus magazine

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE COSTUME DESIGN AS A CAREER?


I felt that I never had the education to do fashion. I hated school. It was the worst

time of my life. Even getting it out now is still a struggle to say those words.

I started sewing around 18, I picked up a sewing machine, It wasn't a conscious decision I was like, Oh, hey, here's a sewing machine. My niece needs a costume. Let's see what we can do.


Then the decision came to move to London. I had already done fashion at some level but I never felt good enough.

I never felt my work was good enough.

I had no education and had a problem with authority figures. I'm very much like who you are to tell me that I can't do it this way.


"Who are you to tell me that I cannot give you the exact same garment and just do it my way? costume was because it allowed me to be more expressive. "

NO LIMITATIONS ON CREATIVITY.


And what I love about costume is you're not striving to create the perfect garment.

That's not what the costume was about for me personally.

It's an illusion. It's a trick of the eye. I don't seek perfection.

Plus we do a lot of crystal work so trusting your eye is what's most important.