Photograph by Alice Wesley-Smith
Jordan Askill is an Australian based jewelry designer and sculptor, who maintains a prolific career as one of the world’s most preeminent young multi-platform design talents. He is the 2015 British Fashion Award Winner for Emerging Accessory Design, and the first jewelry designer to win a British Fashion Award in over 5 years. In 2016 Jordan was inducted as a member of the Council of Fashion Designers of America, and in 2017 was a finalist in the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund. In 2019 he moved to Sydney to complete a marine biology degree.
Jordan was born, raised, and educated in Sydney, Australia. In 2000 he travelled to London where he was an intern with the late Alexander McQueen. Upon his return to Sydney, Jordan became lead designer for Australian cult denim brand Ksubi. In 2004, Askill was invited to join the design team at Dior Homme in Paris. Following four years at Dior Homme, Jordan moved to London to develop his namesake jewelry brand.
Jordan launched his collection at London Fashion Week in 2010. His conceptual and sculptural approach received immediate critical and commercial acclaim. He won numerous awards including an Elle Style Award and two British Fashion Award nominations. Askill was also involved with the British Fashion Council’s prestigious LONDON show ROOMS, NEWGEN and Rock Vault programming, as well as Lulu Kennedy’s Fashion East. In 2013 Jordan relocated his life and business to New York City. His collection has been present worldwide at top stores such as Bergdorf Goodman, Colette, Dover Street Market, Liberty, Moda Operandi, and Opening Ceremony.
Jordan has worked with a number of leading art, design, and fashion brands, both through collaborations and private label work, including The Askill Collection, Danish design house Georg Jensen’s first jewelry collaboration in 15 years, as well as Gemfields, Meadham Kirchhoff, The International Palladium Board, Topshop, and Swarovski. He has four times been invited to the Inhorgenta International Jewelry Fair in Munich, where he was a guest speaker on the application of 3D printing in his creations.
Jordan’s other passion is creating sculptures, which accompany his jewelry collections. The sculptures, also created via 3D printing, have resulted in objects that are at once organic in shape and archetypal, yet with their foundations firmly planted in the 21st Century. These sculptures have been internationally recognized, and in 2014 resulted in an invitation to exhibit at the Museum of London. In 2018, pieces were acquired by Barrett Barra Projects and tours permanently with the exhibition, A Queen Within: Adorned Archetypes, Fashion and Chess.
Jordan also collaborates frequently with his brothers Daniel and Lorin Askill, art directing and developing short films and video installations.