Ram Place Fashion Market

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© Olivia Rose, i-D, 2014
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A derelict building in Hackney is the edgy venue for this pop-up east London style spectacular inspired by the Barbican's Jean Paul Gaultier exhibition, with fashion events, workshops and – most importantly – shopping opportunities galore happening within the building and on a buzzing market on the adjacent street. The run-down site will be transformed by award-winning exhibition designer Jeffrey Horsley – internationally-renowned street artists have been commissioned to decorate the walls, within which there’ll be a café, bar and event pavilion. Outside, rows of stalls will sell fashion, accessories and art by some of east London’s coolest design talents.

There'll be events happening each evening – including a Lego dress promenade by designer Anne-Sophie Cochevelou; a reimagining of one of JPG’s iconic couture pieces in living plants by green-fingered geniuses The Vivisectors; and talks on subjects like fashion and body image. You’ll be able to buy scrummy food and drinks from local culinary legends Railroad Café and Rita’s; there'll be tours around the local area by members of zeitgeist design studio Patternity.

And then there's the shopping. A ma-hoosive style market will be spilling down the street for the full nine days, with stalls from designers like Meihui Liu and shoemaker Sebastian Tarek. You’ll be able to browse Candice Lau’s chic leather bags and Kelly Shaw’s too-cool-for-school womenswear; and there’ll be a jewellery stall selling Jelka Quintelier’s sculptural laser-cut pieces alongside the dark creations of Central St Martins grad Anne Sophie Cochevelou. Oval Space’s Fashion Sunday will also be setting up shop with a specially-picked selection of its covetable labels – and there’ll be so, so much more. Evening events require a wristband – they'll be up for grabs from 11am on the day of each event, from the Barbican market stall on site. Be quick – they'll go fast.  

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