Tinie Tempah

Tinie Tempah at the Savage Beauty exhibition


What does Alexander McQueen mean to you and to the UK fashion industry?
Alexander McQueen was an innovator. I saw him as a kind of 'Bad Boy' and non-conformist amongst the fashion industry I admire the fact that his working class background didn't stop him reaching the highest of heights. To me he represents freedom, expression and fearlessness.

What other British designers inspire you and your style?
Paul Smith consistently inspires me when it comes to style. I'm also fond of the new edgy, almost street wear designers like Agi and Sam and Lee Roach.

What do you think makes the British fashion scene unique?
The heritage and the fact we have the incredible history of Savile Row. I also think some of our famous patterns and fabric line tweed, tartan and Paisley also give us the edge.

What attracted you to do a Private View of the Alexander McQueen exhibition on BBC iPlayer? Have you ever done anything like this before?
There is a side of Alexander McQueen to me that is quite dark and mysterious. In the fashion world his name is still forever on the tongues of editors, designers, stylists and models and so I feel connected to him some way. I've had the pleasure of meeting and getting to know many of the British designers and because I never had the chance to meet him I'm curious to know even more.

What excites you about fashion?
It's expressiveness, the fact that every designer has a different interpretation of the way they see things which means that one person can be more creative and innovative with a piece of clothing than another person. Boundaries are continuously being pushed.

What is your go-to outfit? What do you like wearing on stage?
It all depends on the time of year really! If it's sunny out I like to wear shorts and a tank. It's really more about the comfort when I perform. If it's a big Tour or Televised performance I'll usually try collaborating with a designer to achieve the perfect balance of style and comfort. I once did that with Christopher Raeburn for The O2 arena and Glastonbury.

Are you planning any of your own fashion projects? What’s next for you in the fashion world?
I am indeed, it's too tempting not too. You'll just have to keep your eyes peeled and your ears open.

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Alexander McQueen: Tinie Tempah's Private View is available exclusively on BBC iPlayer from tonight at 9pm