This Sunday National Youth Theatre of Great Britain collaborated with talented young Liverpudlian fashion designer and recent NYT alumnus Steven Stokey-Daley on his S.S. Daley London Fashion week debut as part of the British Fashion Council’s NewGen showcase, in partnership with TikTok at the Old Selfridges Hotel.
"The collective sense of youthful optimism, energy, and talent from that stage couldn’t have been more real." See images and read Vogue's review
"Steven Stokey-Daley has worked with the National Youth Theatre to produce something that is more than a collection, even more than a fashion show — something that can only be summed up as truly moving, impactful, and current." HypeBeast Review
“beautiful, powerful and mind-propelling. The storytelling complemented the clothes and made it one of the most memorable shows this London Fashion Week.” WWD Review
Stokey-Daley is a National Youth Theatre alumnus and a working-class sustainability conscious fashion designer from Liverpool. His clothes have notably been worn by Harry Styles, in his music video for ‘Golden’, NYT Patron Ian McKellen and The Crown’s Josh O’Connor at this year’s BAFTAs.
The show is devised by NYT Artistic Director Paul Roseby with 10 male-identifying members of the NYT company aged 18-25, who spent 10 days exploring their experiences at school and themes of masculinity, intimacy, privilege and race. The short theatre piece animates S.S. Daley’s Spring Summer 2022 Menswear Collection, designed by Steven Stokey-Daley and featured musical direction by Naomi Hammerton, movement by Leo Meredith and Tali Bowers, intimacy coordination from Louise Kempton and assistant direction from Shakira Newton.
Paul Roseby OBE, CEO and Artistic Director of National Youth Theatre said: "Using theatre to animate a new fashion collective is a thrilling way of engaging our talented young cohort. Fashion and theatre are both about telling great stories with creativity, wit and invention and after the last year we need to do it more, in schools, in theatres and on the catwalk - why not! At National Youth Theatre we're all about giving young people a voice, so it was important to me that this was an opinion piece, platforming our young talent's words and lived experience at the heart of the piece. Together in rehearsals with this brilliant and articulate cast we've explored a host of topics from memories of school and class rituals to masculinity and teenage crushes. The show gives a voice to young people who've been hit hardest by the pandemic and celebrates their talent and Steven's exquisite style.”
Steven Stokey-Daley said "I joined the National Youth Theatre when I left high school in 2014. It was the first time I met likeminded people, my lifeline to culture that opened up the possibilities of what I could do. It is the biggest honour to now work with current members of the National Youth Theatre, whose input has been at the heart of my first solo catwalk collection.”
The 10-strong National Youth Theatre cast features some of Britain’s best young talent from around the UK and is made up of Will Atiomo, Tomás Azocar-Nevin, Alexander Da Fonseca, Billy Hinchliff, Jez Davess-Humphrey, William Gao, Felix Kai, Gael Mfula, Nay Murphy and Liam Whiting.
S.S.DALEY “CLASS” SS22
COLLECTION CREATIVE DIRECTION
Paul Roseby OBE
Leo Marlowe Meredith
COMPANY STAGE MANAGER
ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER
NATIONAL YOUTH THEATRE CAST
Will Atiomo / Tomás Azocar-Nevin / Alexander Da Fonseca / Jez Davess-Humphrey / William Gao / Billy Hinchliff / Felix Kai / Gael Mfula / Nay Murphy / Liam Whiting
LOOKBOOK & CAMPAIGN PHOTOGRAPHY
Daniel T Archer
Assisted by Samuel McElwee & Nicole Gomes
Blonstein – Sara Blonstein
Harry Lambert @ Bryant Artists
First Assistant: Ryan Wohlgemut
Second Assistant: Naomie Phillips
Chiao Li Hsu @ Bryant Artists
Teiji Utsumi @ Bryant Artists
Assisted by Frankie Baxter @ Bryant Artists