Over the last few months we’ve watched in awe as creativity flourished within the confines of people’s homes. Now, as measures begin to ease (at least for the moment) we share the final chapter in our lockdown tales, hopefully for good.
We were first drawn to Clay Grandison’s otherworldly hair creations on Instagram, where Grandison, a Fashion Communication student at London’s Central Saint Martins, has been documenting a variety of quarantine looks. “During lockdown I wanted to create a series based on the process of dressing up,” Grandison explains, “it has a real DIY feel to it, I think the limitations at this time have created a really exciting way to work – it makes becoming ‘ethereal’ a little more difficult, and therefore a lot more creative.” With limited resources at her disposal, Grandison has thrown herself into the challenge, relying entirely on her styling skills and burgeoning knowledge of fashion history to refashion her existing clothes and wigs into an array of looks referencing everything from sci-fi to Old Hollywood. “I like to take on new characters and new bodies, picking multiple stories, based in reality or fantasy,” she says. “These characters are people or creatures that I can relate to, and that I think are important. I like to re-visualise them with hair and clothing, I find the process so therapeutic.”