English singer FKA Twigs a.k.a. Tahliah Debrett Barnett has worn it. And so do Lady Gaga. The “it” in question is Wesley Berryman, an up-and-coming brand designed by a 25-year-old Tennessee native of the same name who hailed from the small town of Mount Juliet. Known for his unisex clothing line that emphasised on the value of self-empowerment, Berryman‘s design tends to be bold, black and outright radical with a distinct touch of gothic undertones.
In a 2015 interview with Bullett, he claimed that “fashion is never about gender”. And true to his fashion philosophy, Wesley Berryman‘s core design is neither about men nor women but more “for humans and for a body”.
A 2014 graduate of Savannah College of Art and Design, Berryman got his start into the fashion industry working for top brands including Sally LaPointe, Hood By Air and Zana Bayne. But it wasn’t until a pivotal turn of events that forever changed his life as a fashion designer. It all started with FKA Twigs, who first liked one of his photos that showcased his denim jackets with the white lacing and gradually followed him on Instagram. Berryman eventually took a quantum leap of quitting his full-time design job and started his own clothing line after Twigs messaged to request him to work on the custom pieces for a show.
Then in September this year, Berryman quickly became one of the rising young talents in the fashion industry following his successful debut at the New York Fashion Week. His road to fame did not stop there when Brandon Maxwell‘s styling team discovered his work during the show and fell in love with his gender-less goth-centric collection. The result landed Berryman another career-defining gig to help the team putting together a custom piece for Lady Gaga. It was nevertheless a dream come true for Berryman, who particularly idolised her since high school era.
It’s easy to see why Berryman‘s clothing line has been a favourite for current pop artists like FKA Twigs and Lady Gaga. Whereas many clothes specified both menswear and womenswear, his collection defies gender and promotes equality that illustrates a strong message of freedom, confidence and self-expression made relevant for today’s generation. To browse more about his collection, click here.