Central St. Martins, London, BA McGill University, BA Joint Honors Sociology and East Asian Studies
Born and raised in Vancouver, Canada, Edeline Lee moved to London to study fashion at Central Saint Martins. Whilst studying she apprenticed with John Galliano and Alexander McQueen and took time out to work with Zac Posen in New York. This all led to the successful launch of her eponymous label, the year that she graduated. This strength of conviction and her path to success is also echoed in her designs: she is said to design for strong, independent and creative women with an emphasis on precision tailoring, bold colours and powerful lines.
Her contribution to Cure3, Detritus is an ‘ode to’ her studio and the precariousness of the industry in which she works. It is a sort of sculptural time capsule, a moment in our collective history when we learned to hold dear the things we most appreciate and cease to take the little things for granted. In her words: “I started working on this cube as we were entering the pandemic lockdown in the UK. My studio looked different from each day to the next. Some of my team were sheltering, others left the country to go home to their families. There was an overwhelming sense of unease and uncertainty. I didn't know if we were going to have to close down any minute, I didn't know what the future would hold. I started to collect the remains of our work at the end of each day; the bits and pieces cut off and left behind from the dresses that we laboured over during this uncertain time. When I look at the box, I see the beauty of the things that we made in a time of darkness.”