Yesterday we were given the opportunity to goto WGSN to meet two women that look at fashion trends all around the world to come out with the fashion trend before everyone discovers it.
WGSN Trend Reporters
We also had the opportunity to meet Toni Tran who is a studying architecture and founder of Fashitects which is a blog that combines fashion and architecture but also has lifestyle, grooming and travel into the mix. When he was giving his presentation he told us about the companies that he had an opportunity to work with like Hugo Boss, Aspinal London, Adidas, Russell & Bromley and the list most definitely goes on.
Toni Tran giving Fashitects presentation at WGSN
We also had the pleasure of meeting Jade Keisha Gordon who is the founder of JKG Photography , she is the blogger photographer but not only that she sets up her own shoots and collaborates with different companies to build up her online portfolio (http://www.jkgphotography.co.uk).
Jade Keisha Gorgon with Natt & Arianwen (Lecturer at KCC)
We also had a talk with Natt who is a blogger and founder of natthias.com however he also works for Drafted Magazine. He came to speak to us about how owning your own blog gives you a whole new leg up into the fashion industry that so many people want into. We were given a task by him to go out into the street of Central London and take pictures of some street wear that linked to Savile Row, this is some of what we found.
Street Style Closeup
The street style task was a great way for us to learn worlds idea of “suit smart”.
24th February, Yesterday we are taking a tour at the Merchant Taylors’ Hall to learn more about the history of tailoring in London and the history behind the archives.
Later on in the day we went to five different tailor companies and talked to cutters, tailors, sales people etc to ask questions about the industry.
Dashing Tweeds stood out because of their fabric choices, using a modern tweed to do a suit opposed to using the more traditional fabrics.
Meyer & Mortimer was far more traditional compared to Dashing Tweeds however it was interesting to see the differences.
When visiting Anderson & Sheppard we spoke to a cutter how made sure to emphasise how important professionalism is and to remain calm through all that you do.
Kathryn Sargent is the first female head cutter known to Savile Row, she owns a really small tailoring studio in Brook Street. She builds great relationships with her clients to make them feel comfortable so she decided to make her studio look like a hotel suite.
Staff working on garments
Kathryn Sargent’s studio
Chittleborough & Morgan
Last and certainly not least is the wonderful Chittleborough & Morgan, Joseph Morgan is really into styling suits mostly with quirky accessories, He’s very much into modern styling rather than taking the traditional route.
He let our students try out some suits. He talked about how tailored suits changes the way the body looks.
Yesterday marks the first day of the two week Savile Row Project. We went to the Museum of London to have a tour of the history of London through clothing (were people say is the city that invented tailoring) and the different eras.
The Museum of London Garden Room
Top left is the first ever bikini
We also looked at a deconstructed mens jacket and really saw the ins and outs of what really goes into making a tailored jacket.
Inside a tailored suit
The first week is focusing on research of tailors and the history of the industry, there is much more to come.
Founded in 1813, Peckham Rye has gone from a one man business into a globally recognised house of fine tailoring.
With a store just off Carnaby Street we paid them a visit prior to filming to get a sense for the place.
Record of customer details.
A selection of items from their RTW line.
More commercially viable accessories from the RTW line – commercial lines have seen Peckham Rye grow globally.
With the filming dates creeping ever closer we took the opportunity to snoop around the workshops of the tailors who will be at the heart of the film.
Kathryn Sargent’s Brook Street Studio
Our first appointment added a much needed sense of femininity to the preconceived concept of the male dominated atmosphere that surrounds Savile Row, with the female tailor Kathryn Sargent welcoming us to her incredibly refined, and totally bespoke, studio. Constructed entirely in Britain, naturally.
A look down into the Henry Poole & CO Studio
Working away in the Chittleborough & Morgan studio a few doors down, apprentice Francis constructs a bespoke pair of trousers.
Chittleborough & Morgan hosted us, displaying their somewhat fashion-forward approach to tailoring.