American and British designer, Harris Reed, “designs to create conversation”, (Tom Rasmussen, LOVE Magazine) Reed’s design process takes inspiration from current social and political issues that he feels most connected to. Assessing the responsibility that fashion has to spark conversation of those issues that are happening within society today, all while staying true to his vision for gender fluid glamour.
Reed’s work has appeared in editorials of publications such as DAZED, Vogue Italia, LOVE Magazine, Interview, I-D, Another Man, just to name a few. His pieces have been featured alongside the likes of Ann Demeulemeester, Alexander McQueen, Burberry, Gucci and more. Some of his famous profile admirers include Amandla Stenberg, Sky Ferreira, Soko, Aly & AJ and Rowan Blanchard.
"Reed’s aesthetic is best described as a kind of glam rock androgyny mixed with a sense of Victoriana. Flamboyant femininity for men. Proportions are extreme and while bell sleeves billow and trousers flare, everything is cut close to the body creating an almost sculptural effect which is finished off with a headpiece that resembles as extreme riff on Little Boo
Peep’s hat. Imagine Bette Davis as a Southern belle via that iconic photograph of David Bowie in his Diamond Dog days, shot by Terry O’Neil, and you’ll get a fair idea of what he does. Would it be fair to describe Reed as an activist as well as a designer then? “Oh for sure, 100 per cent. It all comes back to sexuality and my personal experiences with bullying. I think those things will always come through in my work. There always has to be a message. I wouldn’t pretend that doing some crazy avant-garde outfit is going to change the world, but I like to think that it could start a conversation.” - Natalie Dembinska, Another Man Magazine
Personally, Reed dresses himself to invite the looks and stares, to blur the preconceived fault-lines people have about gender and sexuality. It's baffling that people are still shocked by a puffy sleeve, but until they're not, Reed will be unapologetically donning and designing them.
California born to a British father and an American mother, Reed finds himself between the two worlds of Los Angeles and London where he currently attends Central Saint Martins while also working on custom projects.