Pop-up fashion market inspired by Jean Paul Gaultier opens 12 July

A derelict building in Ram Place has been transformed into creative hub

A POP-UP fashion hub – showcasing celebrated designers alongside up-and-coming local talent – will open tomorrow in the heart of Hackney.

Inspired by the Barbican exhibition ‘The Fashion World Of Jean Paul Gaultier: From The Sidewalk To The Catwalk’, Ram Place Fashion Market is based in a disused building, off Morning Lane, which has been transformed into a retail, café-bar and event space by designer and creator Jeffrey Horsley.

The market will feature designers including Jelka Quintellier, Arlette, Kelly Shaw and Meihui Liu. There will also be demonstrations by skilled craftspeople such as Sebastian Tarek, Sahar Freemantle and Queenie and Ted.

A programme of events will run alongside the market with performances, talks and workshops with artists, photographers and fashion industry professionals, including designer James Long; film-maker Kathryn Ferguson, who has worked with Lady Gaga and Paloma Faith; and anti-drag queen performance artist The Divine David.

Lyall Hakaraia, founder of Dalston disco basement Vogue Fabrics will kick things off on Saturday with an 'urban folk-art inspired happening'.

Street artist RUN has also created a large-scale mural on the wall of the café and event space.

The market stalls will feature a range of products from big name designers, as well as London College of Fashion graduates, jewellery, accessories, a beauty stall offering henna tattoos, massages and a nail bar.

Food is available from the team at the nearby Railroad cafe, while Mare Street restaurant Rita’s provides the cocktails.

The nine day event is a partnership between the Barbican and arts charity CreateHelping to run the programme is a group of young people from the employability programme ‘Creativity Works: Fashion’, organised by Create Jobs and supported by the Mayor's Fund for London.