Kyle Denman is a fashion designer and artist based in Los Angeles, California. Before entering the fashion industry, Denman studied political science. Having always loved art growing up, he craved creative expression and freedom and moved to Los Angeles to pursue fashion design and now currently teaches fashion design and art to at-promise youth. Many of his students are systems-impacted and have experienced trauma, such as trafficking, unhousing, gang violence, domestic violence, and substance abuse. Through the lenses of fashion, art, and design, Denman teaches these youth social-emotional skills—a former student explained that his programming saved her life and taught her how to love herself.
Denman's mission is to use his own platform and privilege to create social change, share cultural narratives, and humanize the experiences of underserved communities through artistic mediums. He believes fashion is an all-encompassing art that is movement, design, and architecture juxtaposed in political, social, and cultural contexts. As a designer, Denman is known for his avant garde creations, unique silhouettes and construction techniques, and emotional storytelling.
Premiering at NYFW and winning the 2021 International Design Award for Fashion Design of the Year, Denman’s collection, "mul·ti·po·lar—ex·ist·ence," was inspired by the interconnectivity and the multidimensionality of the human experience. The collection demonstrates the capacity of the human condition and how we as people are interdependent elements whose souls become intertwined through chance and circumstance. It is a conceptual, personal, and poetic vision of humanity; it is both an homage and a criticism of the dissociation and derealization of relationships in our own lives. “mul·ti·po·lar—ex·ist·ence” can best be summarized in just six words: soulmates will always find a way.
Some of his accolades include:
- 2021 International Design Awards Fashion Design of the Year
- 2021 30 Under 30 Changemaker in Education
- 2018 Young Fashion Designer of the Year
- 2016 Project Runway Remake It Work Grand Prize Winner