Film Nights: Thomas Tait in conversation

Text by Chloé Bauwens

For the second edition of our film series at the W Hotel, Tank invited British designer Thomas Tait for a Q&A session with fashion director Caroline Issa and a chance to show a film that inspires him. Caroline talks to Tait about his childhood in Montreal, his MA in Womenswear at Central Saint Martins and being the youngest designer ever to graduate from an MA at CSM. The designer admits that in the long term, his technical degree in Womenswear at College LaSalle in Montreal was probably the most valuable experience. He does add that starting a three-year course entirely based on uncreative technical training was frightening. “Coming into it, being 18 years old and having all of these fashion ideas, it’s really upsetting and really scary,” Tait explains.

His film of choice, Strangers with Candy (2005), doesn’t have anything to do with what Thomas Tait does aesthetically, but personally, he really likes it: “I have a bit of a perverted sense of humour.” The film, by director Paul Dinello, is a prequel to the critically acclaimed TV series (1999-2000). Both feature actress Amy Sedaris as Jerri Blank, a 46-year-old ex-junkie ex-con who returns to high school. According to the designer, what makes the film so wrong and yet so endearing to watch is the fact that Jerri Blank actually says and does all the things other people only wish they could.