The legendary designer Alexander McQueen dropped out of school aged 16 and managed to find work on Savile Row. McQueen began by working at the tailoring house Anderson and Sheppard, and then moved on to Gieves and Hawkes. ”Alexander McQueen joined here in 1984 or 1985. He didn’t have an introduction I don’t think, he just came in to apply in person. The firm’s policy at the time was to take young people who had not been to college as they were easier to train. Sixteen was a typical age for apprentices joining the firm. It’s fair to say he was very intense in all his conversations with the other tailors and was very passionate about what he was doing”- Anderson and Sheppard employee.
Alexander McQueen decided to move on from Savile Row and pursue a career in fashion design, that we all are familliar with, and his legacy and influence in fashion continues.
The Savage Beauty exhibition at the V&A museum showcases some of the best of Mcqueen’s work. Photography is not allowed in the exhibition, but this allows you to fully immerse yourself in the experience and really appreciate the greatness right in front of your eyes- All photos where taken from Vogue.com
Alexander McQueen’s company decided to go back to Mcqueen’s tailoring roots, and opened up the Alexander McQueen bespoke tailoring house in 2012 on 9 Savile Row where suits are made with the highest levels of care and precision, but in the rebellious Mcqueen style that we are all familliar with.
Richard Anderson is a self made tailor at Savile Row who is in partnership with Brian Lishak, however he was apprentice at Huntsmans tailor house which is were he gained his skills. Listen to what he had to say about his experience.
Brian Lishak also was an apprentice and Huntsman man before partnering with Richard Anderson, he was an apprentice shirt maker and is now a salesman.
We interviewed four workers at Anderson & Sheppard, the first is Leon Powell who is a cutter at Anderson & Sheppard who is a very professional and loyal to his company. He had some very interesting things to say, it’s a definite MUST listen!!!
When meeting him he was incredibly passionate about the trade that he is in and you can most certainly hear that in the interview.
We also interviewed Rosemary Bolger who is a waistcoat maker at Anderson & Sheppard who has a interesting start to the industry! Take a listen!
Our third interview was with Derrick Tomlinson who is a coat maker and the job happens to run in the family.
Last but not least was the fourth interview that we did with Michael Arter who is a trouser maker at Anderson & Sheppard, Find out when he started working at the company!
We interviewed Joseph Morgan who owns half of Chittleborough and Morgan and also is a head cutter at the company, when interviewing him we found that he has a youthful mind and knows about that latest fashion despite how long he has been in the industry.
Raf Simons is the creative director of the legendary luxury brand Christian Dior and there is a movie coming out about his highly anticipated first collection and he only had a 8 WEEKS !! However before he became the creative director of Dior Raf Simons became a self-trained menswear designer and decided to launched his ‘Raf Simons’ label in 1995. Even though Simons is the creative director of Christian Dior, he continues to release his own collections every season.
Here is Raf Simons most recent collection (A/W 15-16)
(photos for Vogue.com) Check out the trailer of Dior & I
I went went to the V&A museum to go for the Gareth Pugh talk for some research and it was absolutely incredible watch him talk about his influences and what got him to where he currently is was so inspiring and to hear what he REALLY felt about this fashion industry was very interesting. Unfortunately I was unable to take for pictures because it would be distracting. Luckily SHOWstudio documented the whole thing!