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A/W 2018-19 - Bionic Birds at The National Trust

CompanyLongshaw Ward
Lead DesignersDavid Longshaw, Kirsty Ward
Design TeamDavid Longshaw, Kirsty Ward
Prize(s)Silver in Pret-a-porter / Women_PP, Silver in Apparel Category / Runway Collections
Entry Description

AW18-19. Shown at LFW.
After a visit to Fenton House (a 17th-century merchant's house) we became obsessed by the oddly kitsch porcelain bird candle holders on display. We started drawing them with elements of bionic birds and flowers (from our continuing love of sci-fi films).Free hand embroidering these odd looking creatures in vibrant colours, creating our own unique lace.
Sheer layering is a signature feature of our collections. We employ it throughout, building up depths of texture and colour over a mix of fabrics and bias binding emphasising the graphic lines of the pattern cutting.


LONGSHAW WARD is a Womenswear and Accessories label, designed by husband and wife team Kirsty Ward and David Longshaw, in our London studio.
Having studied at St Martins and the Royal College of Art, we met in the design studio of Alberta Ferretti, in Italy.
Covetable contemporary pieces with a strong aesthetic are the main principles of the brand’s DNA. The collections concentrate on beautiful, detailed craftsmanship, for modern, intelligent women.
Longshaw Ward has been worn by the likes of Gigi Hadid, Jorja Smith,Poppy Delevingne, Mabel and featured in L’Officiel, VOGUE, NYLON, ELLE.

Awards and Prize

(Winner) Designer of the Year, Harbin, China 2018
(Winner) ONOFF Presents London Fashion Week (2018 & 2019)
(Winner) BFC/ELLE Talent Launch Pad (2010-11)
‘Ones To Watch’ Fashion Scout, London Fashion Week 19th February 2010 (Finalist)Fashion Weekend Brussels
(Finalist) ITS6 (International Talent Support, Trieste, Italy) 12-15th July 2007
(Winner) Cove Park Residency 2005
(Winner) Colin Barnes, Central Saint Martins Drawing Prize. 2005