Basso & Brooke were the first ever winners of London"s prestigious Fashion Fringe Award in 2004. They won the competition with a collection that was sexuality exuberant, using digital prints that appeared classic and Liberty esque but on closer inspection were an orgiastic carnival of sexual liberation and allegories of power.
With a selection panel that included among its members Rosemarie Bravo, Alexandra Shulman (Editor in Chief, Vogue UK) and Hamish Bowles of US Vogue, this award was instituted and directed by Colin McDowell for in order to discover and launch particularly promising up and coming designers. Soon after winning the prize, Basso & Brooke entered a production and distribution agreement with the Aeffe Group, who also represent the Alberta Ferretti, Moschino, Narciso Rodriguez, Jean Paul Gaultier and Pollini brands.
Two people from very different cultures and design disciplines Chris, fashion; and Bruno, Graphic design, create the label. They are the pioneers of the digital print process in fashion.
Christopher Brooke Born in Newark, Nottinghamshire UK in 1974, Chris studied fashion at Kingston University graduating in 1995 with 1st class Honours degree before completing an MA in womenswear at Central Saint Martins in 1997. The year after, he went on to assist Joe Casely Hayford before meeting Bruno Basso in 2002 and setting up the label. Chris has also had worked on personal commissions for Victoria Beckham, Kylie, Pink, Robbie Williams.
Bruno Basso Born in 1978 in Santos, SP, BRAZIL, Bruno has been working since 1998 in creative environments as graphic designer, art director, curator, producer. He studied Journalism at the Catholic University of Santos between 1996 1999 and then Advertising in the University of St. Cecilia, Santos 2000 2001.
For Fall 2012 designers are inspired by a wide range of influences, from the elaborate details of brocade and metallic gold embellishments to the dynamic mix of military chic and power pantsuits. Colo