Jean Paul Gaultier inspired pop-up fashion market to open in Hackney

As part of the Barbican's ongoing exhibition focusing on the designer's work

JEAN Paul Gaultier’s love of street fashion is set to inspire a cutting-edge pop-up market in a derelict building at the heart of Hackney’s burgeoning Fashion Hub as part of a London-wide festival. 

The Ram Place Fashion Market, which is open from 12 to 20 July, will host a fashion themed component of the annual ‘Beyond Barbican’ arts festival, as part of an exhibition focusing on the influential designer’s work.

Ram Place in Morning Lane, will be transformed into a market celebrating contemporary alternative fashion and street style, along with workshops for designers. 

Louise Jeffreys, Barbican Director of Arts, said: “We chose Hackney partly because that area is going to be developed as a fashion district. We thought there was exciting potential to do it there. Street fashion is what ordinary people come up with and couture designers notice and turn it into something bespoke.

“You just need to sit in a cafe in Hackney and see how people have done amazingly inventive things with their clothes.”

Fashion commentator and set designer Jeff Horsley will design the space and curate the market to showcase local, emerging and established ­design talent, as well as developing a programme of free activities in the space, which will also contain a bar and cafe.

Cre8 Lifestyle Centre in Hackney Wick is also tasked with recruiting 30 local young people who will be mentored by fashion employers and benefit from work experience during the festival.