Having stolen the show at Topman Design AW15 during LC:M, we catch up with Models 1 new face George Kirkup Delph.
New face George Kirkup Delph has already hit 2015 with a bang. Having recently signed with world renowned agency Models 1, Kirkup Delph is walking the runway for the likes of Topman at this seasons London Collections: Men and Prada later this year in Milan. We caught up with the budding talent in between his pitstop from Madrid to talk menswear, campaigns and embarrassing incidents.
I hear you were discovered in the most random circumstance. Was modelling something you were always keen to pursue?
When I was younger my mum suggested the idea once or twice, but I dismissed it thinking any mother would say the same thing to their child. It wasn’t until this summer when I was going to an Arcade Fire concert that James and Frankie (bookers from Models 1) approached me asking if I was a model, then it materialised into something. Even then I struggled to believe them, thinking it was some kind of scam. I was then reassured when Elite also approached me 5 minutes later!
So since being signed to Models 1, has anything surprised you about becoming a model?
When I first started out I was expecting it to be an elitist industry, but I was pleasantly surprised at how relaxed and friendly the team at Models 1 were. They appreciated that I was going to have to balance my college work with modelling, which made the whole experience more enjoyable as I was able to take everything in my stride.
It’s early days, but what have been your career highlights so far?
Getting the call through that I had been confirmed for next seasons Hunter campaign was definitely a turning point. My agency called me saying they had some good news and it immediately put a smile on my face. Also recently flying out to Madrid to shoot the Loewe Lookbook was a really fun experience. I met some great people and we got to shoot under an amazing ancient roman viaduct.
That’s a pretty impressive feat. There must have been some embarrassing incidents along the way?
Having to wear the undergraduate’s designs at the London College of Fashion was an interesting experience to say the least. We had to wear dresses and bowls on our heads. I don’t know whether it will catch on or not, but it was fun to take part in something so garish.
Having walked for many menswear designers, who’s collection are you dying to own?
I really like the collections from Cos, but I mainly shop in charity shops and like vintage clothes, mainly from the 90s.
What’s your go-to outfit of choice?
I wouldn’t say I’m very adventurous when it comes to fashion. I usually go out in skinny jeans, trainers and thick, baggy jumpers. Most of my clothes are either grey, black or blue.
It’s good to keep it simple. So finally, what can we expect to see from George Kirkup-Delph in 2015?
I’m looking forward to the upcoming fashion weeks as I’m travelling to Paris and Milan After that, in July I’m going travelling for two months around Thialand, Bali, Malaysia and India.
That’s a lot of travelling. Can we come with you?