Born and raised in Wilmington, Delaware, and a graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Gary Graham’s background in costume and textile design is evident season after season, in collections rich with casual luxury and a sense of history.
His first collection, referencing a historical silhouette reinterpreted with modern drape and ease, was made entirely of garment-dyed, quilted, silk organza and produced in the basement of a historic Tribeca flatiron building.
Graham is attracted to opposites or contrasts, discovering the particular beauty in dichotomies such as light and dark or rustic and refined. This approach is reflected in his trademark fitted jackets, fluid dresses, blouses and slouchy knits—all rendered in the rich palette and varied textures, achieved through the meticulous washing and dying processes, that are identified with the Gary Graham name.
Inspirations for past collections have included fresh reinterpretations of Dust Bowl-era portraits, the gritty opulence of the Romani (gypsy culture), and antique engravings of botanical specimens. Luxe materials such as silk georgette, wool jersey and duchesse satin are constructed using handmade techniques to glide onto the body as comfortably as a T-shirt. Each garment is designed to be worn either individually or combined and layered interchangeably to create multiple wardrobe options and color combinations.
The incorporation of quilting, embroidery, patina and patchwork with chunky knits and leathers create a highly individualized look with impeccable finish. Signature prints and jacquards are designed to incorporate visual clues that articulate the underlying themes of each collection.
The result is a casual, comfortable approach to a designer wardrobe. Gary Graham clothes are for independent creative women who demand versatility and longevity from their wardrobes.
Gary Graham collections are available in specialty boutiques and department stores worldwide. Along with his boutique located in ABC Carpet and Home, Graham has opened a flagship store in Tribeca. Graham was also named a finalist in the 2009 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund.
The designer lives and works in New York City.