Rebel Of Tailoring – Alexander McQueen

Alexander McQueen : Savage Beauty

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

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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.

Alexander McQueen 9 Savile Row

Alexander McQueen 9 Savile Row


More Interviews!!! – Richard Anderson

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.


Interview – Anderson & Sheppard

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!


Interview – Joseph Morgan of Chittleborough and Morgan


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.

Joseph Morgan

Joseph Morgan

Day 7 Last Interviews- Kathryn Sargent, Meyer & Mortimer

These are the last interviews we had to do for the project it was bitter sweet because it has been a hard couple of weeks but meeting such extraordinary people every day is what we will miss most about the project. First we went to Kathryn Sargent the first woman Head Cutter known to Savile Row! Hear what she had to say about her journey! Kathryn Sargent

Next we interviewed two men that worked at Meyer and Mortimer, Brian, the main head cutter and co owner of Meyer & Mortimer and Norris, an alteration tailor. Brian has such a great personality! When he was being interviewed he didn’t stop telling such great stories of what Savile Row was like when he first started and how he got to where he is today.

Interviewing Brian

Interviewing Brian

Next we interviewed Norris who is an alteration tailor and he was so sweet and kind, one thing about his interview was that when we asked him “what are the tools of your trade” he couldn’t wait to show us! You could tell that he was so excited to show us his tools and that showed his passion and love for the trade that he is in!






All interviews would be up very soon! If you want to see more about the project go to !!

Day 6 (Extension) – LCF Student Talk, Deconstruct Workshop and Jacket Collar Sampling

Not only did we do interviews on this day but we also had the opportunity to meet and talk to a student at LCF (London College of Fashion) studying menswear, she gave a talk about the the final year that she is in currently and the how it is all going. She is currently working on a 18 piece collection and she is running out of time and she made sure to stress to us that time management is KEY!!

LCF Student

LCF Student

LCF Student showing her development work

LCF Student showing her development work

LCF Student unfinished garment.

LCF Student unfinished garment.

We also spoke to a man called Tim Wang who also did menswear that had left LCF 2 years ago and we all wanted to know how the transition is like finishing your time at LCF and moving on into the real world, what we got from him was that it wasn’t easy and you wouldn’t get a job straight away, you have to do internships and really build up your relationships to get into the industry. He also showed us his final collection at LCF.

Tim Long Presentation

Tim Wang Presentation

Tim Long

Tim Wang

Wang's collection pieces

Wang’s collection pieces


After the talk with the two LCF students half of us had to go and do interviews and the other half would stay and do a deconstructive workshop!

Deconstruction workshop presentation

Deconstruction workshop presentation


Jacket before deconstruction

Jacket before deconstruction

Jacket after deconstruction

Jacket after deconstruction



We also learned how the collar in a jacket was made, for most it was difficult because we had to get the hang of how they are made by professionals and to get the perfect shape for a collar but we later go the hang of it.IMG_0027

Brianna's Collar (KCC Student)

Brianna’s Collar (KCC Student)

Nina's Collar (KCC Student)

Nina’s Collar (KCC Student)

Before putting on the mannequin

Before putting on the mannequin

To see what else we got up to in Day 6 heres the link