If there have been any benefits to lockdown, one of them has been the opportunity to try out and dust off our neglected creative projects; the zombie sitcom, the UK garage jazz fusion album or maybe just the odd watercolour.
That's why we brought together two of the brightest creative minds in film and fashion, actor Josh O'Connor and designer Jonathan Anderson, at Esquire Townhouse with Breitling to hear how they spent lockdown and how they approach the creative process. We'll also be considering how their pro-level techniques might help us amateurs up our own game.
Josh O’Connor is one of the hottest young acting talents around right now and his brilliant portrayal of Prince Charles in The Crown looks set to accelerate this status. He takes an unusual and meticulous approach to his roles, which involves creating scrap books and using physical props of the characters he plays.
For the brilliant God’s Own Country, he worked as a farm labourer in preparation – and even during – filming, in an effort to fully get under the skin of his character.
It’s from watching this film that his friendship and creative partnership with fashion designer Jonathan Anderson began; Anderson knew straight away he wanted to cast O’Connor in the Loewe campaign, for whom he's been Creative Director since 2010.
He also has his own JW Anderson label, for which he won both menswear and womenswear designer of the year in 2015, famous for his innovation, experimentation and wide range of influences, of which art plays a central role.
Make sure you check out the rest of the Townhouse 2020 line-up here.
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