I'm a phannatiq! Anna Skodbo
Anna Skodbo is the fashion and textiles designer behind phannatiq. Her life is as eclectic as her style: bold, passionate and never ever boring.
When Anna isn't in her design studio, she may be found lecturing at universities or making music. Growing up in Edinburgh among creative communities and educated within the Steiner school system, she was never short of encouragement to develop self-expression. Throughout her life she has played music wherever she has called home: in Norway as a cellist in a black metal band and, more recently, in London singing and playing the harp.
"I love traditional folk music. It gives you such a feel of the soul of a culture. My favourite are Hebridean, Scottish and Irish, which is what I mostly play, although there can sometimes be a sneaky Dolly Parton."
Anna studied costume design and theatre make-up and worked freelance in Norway before moving back to Britain to do a degree in fashion. She launched phannatiq during London Fashion Week AW11 and has since presented collections each season in London and Paris.
Her textile prints are inspired by urban industrial decay, focussing on day-to-day life in east London where she now lives and works. A recent print design draws on images of fly tipping on the streets around her Walthamstow studio, although you’d be hard pressed to catch this detail at first glance. Anna's clothing for phannatiq continues to cut a playful marriage between flattering body-draping and sassy anti-fit while maintaining high ethical standards throughout the manufacturing process
"I make clothes that can be styled up or down and can be worn by anyone of any size, age and gender. I try to make my clothes unisex and, where possible, avoid traditional sizing, so people can decide how fitted or baggy they want a garment based on their style. For example, we have tops where one size looks great on anyone from a size 6 to a size 20."
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Beautiful photographs by Rachel Manns. See more of her work here at rachelmanns.com