Aitor Throup is a menswear designer. Born in 1980 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, he later moved to Burnley, Lancashire in 1992. He studied BA Fashion Design at Manchester Metropolitan University, achieving first class honours in 2004. Two years later he graduated from the Royal College of Art with an MA in menswear.
Throup’s RCA graduate collection was entitled ‘When Football Hooligans Become Hindu Gods’. It had a strong narrative thread running through it and a diverse selection of influences from street sportswear to Hindu symbolism. For this he won graduate collection of the year at the fifth International Talent Support competition in 2006. The following year he sat on the competition's judging panel.
Since graduating, Throup has opted to pursue his own projects. In addition to garment design, Throup also illustrates and sculpts. He has art directed and styled stories for i-D, Arena Homme + and Vman.
For Autumn/Winter 2008, Throup collaborated with Stone Island for their presentation collection at Milan Menswear Fashion Week. In 2010 Throup began working as a creative consultant for Umbro and participated in the design of the England kits for the 2010 World Cup. He collaborated with the brand again in 2011 on a line titled the 'Archive Research Project', which was presented as an installation at Dover Street Market.
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