Upon gaining a scholarship on the Central St Martins MA Menswear course by the renowned professor Louise Wilson (the first of its kind in 10 years), Christopher Shannon moved to London from his native Liverpool having previously worked as design assistant to Richard James.
His graduate collection featured collaborative pieces with sponsors including Eastpak and Levis and fabrics sponsored by Calvin Klein. He has reworked shell suits and sports pieces in new fabrications with a nod to Northern style and market stall bootlegging, EASTPAK of reversible elements, something he describes as 'refined scallyism'.
After graduation, Shannon was awarded a place on schedule at London Fashion Week at the Topman sponsored MAN show. Showing for 3 seasons, the designer then moved on to the prestigious New Gen Men scheme for A/W 10.
- Dunhill Menswear Award, 2008