Pawson’s project is watertight

Architect John Pawson says he automatically puts his hands in front of his body to keep his tummy in. In this photo his hand is nearer his heart in a priest-like fashion.

Architect John Pawson says he automatically puts his hands in front of his body to keep his tummy in.

In this photo his hand is nearer his heart in a priest-like fashion. And the high collar is not unlike a clerical affectation, which begs the question: has Pawson found God?

No, it’s a commission from Burberrys, the posh raincoat

people. Pawson was asked to design a raincoat, along with the Duchess of Marlborough, jewellery designer Theo Fennell, interior designer Tricia Guild and furniture designer Tom Dixon.

Pawson grew up in the rag trade. “My dad had a couple of factories in Yorkshire, I’d forgotten how much I knew about smatters,” he says, using the Yiddish term for clothing.

His coat hasn’t been near his back since he designed it. “My wife nicked it and I haven’t got it back”. Several members of staff and “a rather large Belgian client” have also requested the coat if and when it goes into production.

The raincoats will be exhibited at the Burberrys store at London Haymarket from 16 September to 31 October.

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