Anja is German-American and spent her childhood in Indonesia and her youth in Germany. Since moving to the UK in 2004 for her BA, she has worked as a designer in industry, for the sportswear brand PUMA for example as well as interning for Christopher Raeburn. In an attempt to marry personal values and professional expertise, she undertook an MA in Fashion and the Environment at the London College of Fashion. Cross-disciplinary investigations on emotion, behaviour and garment use informed her work there. She graduated with distinction. Anja currently lives and works in London.
Enabling the both wearer and designer to engage with meaningful and personal expression through fashion, memory has become a re-occurring theme. 'Open' garments allow for interaction, playfulness and change. This can manifest itself in garment through photographic prints or human hair embroidery, for example. Transience and change are viewed as everpresent constants in life, nature and fashion - the possibilities this offers for sustainable design solutions is the main raison d'être of Anja's practice.
Anja Crabb will be showcasing her new collection at The Sustain show on Friday 14th June.
Photographs by Agnes Lloyd-Platt & Flo Brooks.