Between them, Ed Meadham and Ben Kirchhoff create that rarest of creatures in the British fashion industry – the designer duo that combines references as diverse as Wednesday Addams, Queen Elizabeth I, disco aliens and Courtney Love and squashes them into one gloriously theatrical creative vision like they were always meant to be together. At London Fashion Week, it’s only the models that Meadham Kirchhoff send out who are allowed to pick flowers out from giant bouquets, eat cupcakes and throw handfuls of glitter into the air as they dance down the catwalk. Likewise, they’re the only ones capable of making a comparatively sombre fashion crowd laugh and clap along with their frolics.
It seemed to make perfect sense then that London’s V&A museum chose them as the next designers to be celebrated by its Fashion in Motion events; a catwalk which has been bringing the spectacle of the fashion show to a wider audience for nearly 15 years, showcasing work by some of the world’s most famous designers against the backdrop of the museum, with Kansai Yamamoto, KENZO, Giles Deacon and Alexander McQueen all included along the way. The show comprised a collection of Ed Meadham and Ben Kirchhoff’s standout pieces from their favourite collections, emulating the surprise and wonderment which has characterised so many of their shows. Glorious!