London College of Contemporary Arts is pleased to announce that Sadie Clayton, Fashion Course Director at LCCA, will be featured in Saints, an exhibition by floral designer Yan Skates that celebrates London artists’ creative identities.


Skates has collaborated with portrait photographer Talie Eigeland to create a series of photographs featuring individuals from TV or the creative scene. The series is inspired by Flemish artist Daniel Seghers’ paintings of saints surrounded by flower garlands from the 17th century.


The artist invited several inspiring personalities to pose and celebrated their creative identity and community pride by creating a unique floral frame for each of them. Sadie was invited to be one of the represented subjects thanks to her amazing innovative and distinctive creative drive in the industry.


Commenting on her portrait, Sadie said: “Being the copper queen, I loved the copper and pink shades in the flower frame, complimenting my pink afro and copper embroidered bolero. As a woman of colour in the creative industry with a strong identity, I love that I can inspire other creatives such as Yan. This is also incorporated in my role as the PR and Comms Lead for FACE, being an example of black and brown creatives thriving in the art and fashion world.”


Sadie will feature among artists such as actor Layton Williams and singer Toya Delazy, to name just a few.


Dr Kate Armstrong, Head of College at LCCA, added: “LCCA provides a creative education and encourages its students to find their own identity, transform it into visual creations and leave a noticeable imprint in the industry. It is an amazing chance for us to have industry practitioners among our academic staff that can inspire others.”


The full series of photographs will be exhibited in Soho this summer.


Photo credits: Floral Designer: @yanskates - Photography: @talie_eigeland