Joe Casely-Hayford OBE, the namesake founder of Britain’s Casely-Hayford and former creative director of Gieves & Hawkes, has passed away at age 62, following a three-year battle with cancer. He is survived by his son, co-designer Charlie, daughter Alice, wife Maria and two brothers.
An early colleague of John Galliano, Joe Casely-Hayford launched his first eponymous label in 1984 after graduating from Central Saint Martins and quickly built a name upon his subversive, punk-indebted tailoring. Casely-Hayford’s pioneered unique lighter fabrics and ingenious cuts that allowed for freer movement, deconstructing the conservative suit for a younger audience. At the height of his early career, Casely-Hayford dressed music icons like Bono, Lou Reed and The Clash before temporarily stepping back from the fashion industry.
Joe Casely-Hayford returned in 2009 with son Charlie in tow, relaunching the eponymous Casely-Hayford brand in stores across the world, including 10 Corso Como, Dover Street Market and Barneys. Last year, the brand opened its first standalone outpost in London.
Our condolences to the Casely-Hayford family. Below, view an original Joe Casely-Hayford runway show, a more recent presentation and an interview with Joe.