‘The Hands That Create’ is a workshop focused on fashion styling and designing, designed by Denise Brown. Denise is a teacher,fashion stylist and editor but first and foremost a designer.
Denise first embarked on her mission to pursue fashion when she hand-stitched her first outfit at the age of 12. She later went on to study womenswear at the world-renowned London College of Fashion and after graduating, began to assist several stylists including Franklin Akinsete and Cynthia Lawrence-John. She has since worked with a variety of artists including Mis-teeq, Samantha Mumba, Macy Gray and Nelly Furtado.
With a flair for exceeding the boundaries of conventional couture; Denise has styled both men and women in her career, some of which have been the biggest names in pop culture today. To name but a few, the likes of Kanye West, Rihanna, Eliza Doolittle, Tinie Tempah and Mr. Hudson have been fortunate enough to experience her skills. Her international clientele has also included media giants MTV, GMTV, Nickelodeon, New Era, Polaroid, Star Reads and the well documented organisation ‘Mothers Against Gun Crime,’ in London.
Her creativity was quickly recognized by music magazine “Flavour” were she has worked as fashion editor for two years. This soon led to stints working for Time Out, NME, Lurie, Pride, The Guardian, Fuse, Noise, The Metro and last but not least Flavour Magazine where she presently resides.
In 2007, following her success as a fashion editor and stylist, she launched ‘Don’t Judge Me’ clothing. This label was largely inspired by Denise’s life and was created to make a statement about ‘perseverance through misconception’. The T-shirt range captured the attention of magazines across the country and was worn by Tulisa from N Dubz and more famously by number one artist Mariah Carey – a compliment of extremes.
Combining her knowledge and experience, Denise Brown tailor-made ‘The Hands That Create’ workshop and used it to reach out to young people between the ages of 9 and 21, to teach them about fashion design, customizing and styling. She has now been teaching as a freelance tutor for 7 years and has clients such as: Lambeth Flipside, who work alongside Metropolitan police, and Sure Start Plus who help young mothers to customize clothes for their children. In addition to this, she has also worked at Redbridge College teaching a fashion styling workshop, RWD magazine teaching 15 year olds styling as work experience, the Royal Court Theatre as a fashion design tutor, DV8 training ,Positive Activity for Young People and Ground Works.
And as if that wasn’t enough she is also a mother – phew!