London Fashion Week's Electronic Sheep are stocked in stores internationally as well as their online site electronicsheep.com. Known for designing the 'world's coolest knitwear,' their AW16 collection has been quickly snapped up as a cult fashion offering. Popular with editors and stylists, the quirky, London and Dublin based knitwear label's AW16 'Airships & Spaghetti' collection is now available to purchase online and at selected stockists.
Electronic Sheep’s AW16 collection celebrates the one hundredth anniversary of a significant year in international modernism: 1916. ‘Airships & Spaghetti’ was inspired by Gertrude Stein’s seminal account of Bohemian life in early twentieth-century Paris. The season features a range of collaborations with embroidery artist, Scott Ramsay Kyle and architectural historian, Conor Lucey. Dresses, scarves, sweaters, skirts and waistcoats are peopled with an eclectic gallery of artists and designers from Picasso eating a plate of spaghetti to Boy Capel (the boyfriend of Coco Chanel) to a coy model reading the first ever edition of Vogue. Electronic Sheep was established by designers Brenda and Helen in 1999. The pair combined their disciplines to create detailed and original graphic knitwear; and the brand has become renowned for its strong visuals and use of unexpected colour.
Electronic Sheep are designers Brenda Aherne and Helen Delany. Both from Dublin, Ireland, Helen lives in London, where Electronic Sheep have a studio in Dalston and Brenda is based in Dublin.
The designers grew up next door to each other, went to art school together and worked in the design Industry for several years before setting up their knitwear label in 1998, Electronic Sheep.Brenda graduated in Fashion Design and Helen in Graphic Design at the prestigious NCAD (National College of Art & Design, Dublin). Brenda also completed a post-graduate at LSAD (Limerick School of Art & Design) in knitwear and has won several design awards, one of which funded the start-up of the label. She has worked as a knitwear technology specialist and as an independent accessories designer in Munich where she lived for several years.
Helen also studied at Central Saint Martin’s in London and The School of Visual Arts in New York. Helen has worked as an art director in graphic design and for magazines in New York, Rome and London, the 3 cities she has lived in since graduation. Helen has designed/art directed for The Sunday Times Magazine, Martha Stewart, Swarovski, Glamour US and The V&A amongst others.
Electronic Sheep are known for their tapestry-esque designs and they have a humorous and ecletic approach to design. This is evident in collections entitled 'Red Lemonade', 'When Holly went to Paris' and their eponymous comic. Their detailed jacquards with contemporary illustrations and bold patterns have gained them stockists in Europe, China, Japan, US and Australia.