Human of LISOF: Drew Henry now working at Celine

posted on September 8th, 2017 by Lissa Leandro Correa Mendes

Drew Henry graduated from LISOF in 2007 and went off to the prestigious Central Saint Martins in London where he completed his BA Honours in Fashion Design and Marketing, First in his Class in 2012. He then went on to achieve his Masters in Womenswear in 2014. He is now a Junior Designer for Celine (RTW: ready-to-wear). Drew is what we affectionately call a “Human of LISOF”. As with all LISOF Alumni who have been on campus throughout the LISOF’s 24 years, we are immensely proud to know that they are working in the industry both locally and as Drew, abroad.

Here is a look at Drew Henry’s 2012 collection:


“Geometric patches of brightly dyed African springbok skins on crisp white suits and pleated white cotton dresses. “It’s a mix of workwear, menswear, and traditional beadwork and patchwork inspired by the work of photographer David Goldblatt,” says Henry.

On his springbok-skin drama:

“When we were working on this collection, the menswear shows were going on and Raf Simons had used the same color springbok skin as I wanted to use! I thought it was going to ruin everything but it ended up being fine.” – Drew Henry

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Drew Henry – Making waves across the Pond

posted on July 4th, 2012 by LISOF

They say you can take the boy out of Africa, but you can’t take Africa out of the boy.  Drew Henry, whom graduated from LISOF in 2007, recently graduated from the acclaimed Central Saint Martins in London. Drew elected to further his fashion studies with a Fashion and Marketing degree after completing his studies at LISOF, enrolling at St. Martins in 2009.

Henry’s graduate collection was, from the start, an ode to his African roots. The the catalyst and main inspiration for his collection came in discovering the works of South African artists David Goldblatt, Jurgen Schadeberg and Roger Ballen, whose works centers around South Africa’s working class.

The collection, Intersections, further references African tribal heritage, with coats and dresses in geometrically cut, autumn toned animal skins. Although the garments are incredibly crafted, the silhouettes are kept sleek and modern – a “complete wardrobe” for the refined professional woman with the luxury market in mind. As Drew explains, it’s his aim to create “really beautiful and carefully considered clothes”.

The future certainly looks bright for Drew Henry who has been hailed “the best in his class” by the Business of Fashion and has been accepted to CSM’s MA Fashion program under the tutelage of the esteemed and revered Louise Wilson.

We at LISOF are certainly very proud of our own and can’t wait to see what’s next for this South African making waves across the pond.