TV presenter and style guru Gok Wan will be awarded an honorary doctorate from Birmingham City University next week.
Born and bred in Leicester, Gok has worked in the fashion industry for the best part of two decades. Initially training in performing arts at London’s prestigious Central School of Speech and Drama, his interest was quickly overtaken by his interest in hair and make-up, prompting his entry into the fashion industry where he gained early work as a hair and make-up artist on titles such as The Sunday Times.
Finding himself dissatisfied with beauty alone, Gok decided to pursue his love of clothes as a fashion stylist. In 2006, Channel 4 took him on to present his own television show, How to Look Good Naked, which ran for three successful series later spinning off Gok’s Fashion Fix. Gok continues to work for the broadcaster presenting a series of documentaries on social problems among young people, drawing on his personal experiences with obesity and homophobia. Gok was also one of the experts, as bar manager no less, in the Hotel GB series which gave several long term unemployed people a chance to gain work via the programme.
Nearly 20 years on since his first fashion foray, Gok’s interests now include designing glasses, clothes and providing make overs for the world’s women from Bolton to Sydney. Gok has continued to evolve his brand’s style whilst always continuing to keep his core values of focusing on the individual woman. – Birmingham University.
Gok’s award ceremony is taking place on the morning of Monday 1st September at the Symphony Hall, Birmingham and will be made is award amongst students graduating from the Schools of Fashion, Textiles & 3D Design and the School of Visual Communication.