After obtaining a first class BA with Hons. in Fashion
and textiles at Middlesex Polytechnic David Holah set up the
pioneering label Bodymap with partner Stevie Stewart.in1983.
they won the Martini Award for most innovative designer of
the year for the Individual Clothes Show and together they
put British fashion back on the map, enticing international
press and buyers with their controversial catwalk shows. The
fashion duo also worked in Japan and New York and in Italy
designing womenswear, menswear, childrenswear and swimwear.
In 1985 Bodymap represented Britain at the Wool Awards in
New York. Bodymap also took part in Fashion Aid at the Royal
In 1986 Bodymap was nominated for BBC designer of the year
and were invited to take part in the Best of British at the
British Embassy in Paris.
Bodymap designed costumes through out the 80's for
Michael Clark's company and they also costumed commissioned pieces for the Ballet Rambert and the Royal Festival Ballet. In 1987 Bodymap were
awarded the Bessie Award for their costumes for Michael
Bodymap outfits are displayed in museums world wide
including the Victoria and Albert Museum.
In 2006, with the revival of 80's fashion, Holah emerged
from Camberwell college with an MA in Fine Art, making his
mark as an extraordinary printmaker.
Holah's practice explores notions of sexual identity,
gender in a 'transmorphic' state, and the social perception
of gender roles (feminine male or masculine female).
The work contains suggestive symbolism concerning gender
disguise and hidden elucidation. The work is self-indulgent
and contains complex, subliminal elements that relate to his
own history and personal sexual identity, and his
interpretation of his feminine male role.
Printmaking techniques are employed to explore the
glamour and decoration of fashion in an amusing and camp