Award-Winning British Fashion Designer, Musician and Author
Keanan Duffty guest lecture at Polimoda Photo by Letizia Francini Naldi
Keanan Duffty is an award-winning British fashion designer, musician and author of Rebel Rebel Anti-Style (Rizzoli, 2009). Duffty graduated from Central Saint Martin's in London with a Bachelor of Arts degree in fashion, and is a member of the Council of Fashion Designers of America. In 2007 Duffty collaborated with David Bowie to create a fashion collection for Target. Duffty was curator and stylist of the fashion segment for the 2016 CFDA Awards tribute to Bowie, featuring Tilda Swinton and Michael C. Hall, with original stage costumes created by Kansai Yamamoto and Donatella Versace.
Keanan Duffty's fashion label was established in 1999 and sold to retailers including Bergdorf Goodman, Lane Crawford and Bloomingdales. Duffty has worked as design director and consultant for Aveda, Ben Sherman, Dr. Martens, Gola, Gwen Stefani's LAMB, Reebok, Moods of Norway, John Varvatos Star USA and as Fashion Editor for SOMA Magazine. From 2012 to 2015 Duffty was Senior Director of Fashion Merchandising at Academy of Art University. In 2016 he created a Master's program in Fashion Business for New York University. Polimoda Institute in Florence, Italy announced Duffty as it's Mentor for the Master's Fashion Program throughout 2017.
Duffty can be heard covering Katy Perry, Lana Del Rey, Joy Division and Primal Scream on his most recent album "Total Dragon Pop" with Earl Slick (David Bowie) producing and playing guitars. Duffty's music catalogue, including the albums "Killers in Glitter," with contributions from Glen Matlock (Sex Pistols) and Clem Burke (Blondie) and "Watersport: 30th Anniversary Edition" are available on iTunes, Spotify, Rhapsody, SoundCloud and most streaming services. Duffty hosts the Rebel Rebel show on Little Water Radio every Tuesday from 6-8 p.m.
Music and fashion collide as Keanan Duffty brings his mix of Glamorous Hooligans, Bowie Boys, Blondie Girls and Sexy Pistols, both Old School and Neu Wave. Listen live on Little Water Radio every Tuesday from 6-8 pm (ET).
REBEL REBEL: ANTI-STYLE
Tracing the roots of rebel style to the music scene, this book explores how fashionable music and "anti-fashion" icons like David Bowie, Gwen Stefani and The Sex Pistols have inspired fashion. Available free on Issuu.
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