Copper Power: Fashion Designer Sadie Clayton
Sadie Clayton is an emerging sculptural womenswear designer whose work prominently features copper in many forms—in her fashion shows, models wear copper sheeting molded into bold, beautiful, avant-garde shapes, as well as luxurious fabrics influenced by her signature material.
Clayton’s striking creations have been favored by current It Girls such as Gigi Hadid and Ellie Goulding. But the designer’s true muse is Grace Jones—the bold singer, actor, and fashionista who rose to prominence in the 1970s and ’80s. “When I first began working with copper,” the designer has told Britain’s i-D magazine, “the one and only woman I imagined it on was the black beauty Grace Jones.” When the designer envisions Jones, she says that “power, identity, talent, and femininity” come to mind—qualities Clayton aspires to infuse into her own designs.
Clayton designs for women of all body shapes. “I don’t make revealing tops and miniskirts,” she says. “I feel like now women are just so insecure about what you’re going to put on social media and the reaction that they’re going to get.” But Clayton wants women to tune out all the negative digital noise. The woman she creates for “doesn’t care what people think about her,” she says. “Going against the grain and doing your own thing makes you feel better about yourself.”
Working on her most recent collections, Clayton has found that copper, her material muse, is the ideal conductor—and metaphor—for her message of empowerment. Get to know this up-and-coming designer in our video profile.