Interview with Mickey Sunshine

We had the opportunity to interview Mickey Sunshine who is a personal tailor that rents a table at Henry Poole & Co!

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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 Vogue.com

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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

Interview – Joseph Morgan of Chittleborough and Morgan

ANOTHER INTERVIEW IS UP!!

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

http://www.chittleboroughandmorgan.co.uk/

https://twitter.com/chittleboroughm

Dior & I – Raf Simons

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)      

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(photos for Vogue.com) Check out the trailer of Dior & I

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

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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

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Jacket before deconstruction

Jacket before deconstruction

Jacket after deconstruction

Jacket after deconstruction

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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   https://tailoredstories.wordpress.com/2015/03/04/day-6-interviews-at-anderson-shepperd-dashing-tweed-and-gareth-crowe-fabric-dealer/

Day 6 Interviews at Anderson & Sheppard, Dashing Tweed and Gareth Crowe (Fabric Dealer)

Yesterday was a day of full interviews! First stop Anderson and Sheppard

Anderson and Shepperd

Anderson and Sheppard

When talking to the workers at Anderson and Sheppard everyone seemed to get along well, it was a very friendly environment but you could sense the competition amongst the workers, however everyone seems to be very loyal to the company’s heritage. The full interview will go up on www.tailoredstories.org.uk/interviews.html.

BTS at Anderson and Shepperd

BTS at Anderson and Sheppard

Next we went to interview Guy Hills owner and founder of Dashing Tweeds.

Guy Hills and KCC students

Guy Hills and KCC students

Interviewing Guy Hills was refreshing because so far the interviews have been about the history of Savile Row and how it was like being a tailor in Savile Row in the 1960s however Dashing Tweeds started in 2008 and hearing Guy Hills story on how he got into the industry clearly represents the future and where the trade is going as far as technology is concerned. His interview will also be up shortly.

Last but not least for the day we interviewed the very witty and vibrant character Gareth Crowe, now a fabric dealer.

Gareth Crowe

Gareth Crowe

Listening to Gareth Crowe talk about the trade and how the industry was back in the day was very insightful and gave you a glimpse into a world that was and still is in some cases very difficult to get into and hearing his story of different people that he worked with is something that kept us all on the edge of our seats waiting to hear more.

Day 3 – Meeting The Industry at WGSN and Street Style!

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 Headquarters

WGSN Headquarters

WGSN Trend Reporters

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

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)

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

Street Style

Street Style Closeup

Street Style Closeup

Street Style

Street Style

Street Style

Street Style

Street Style

Street Style

Street Style

Street Style

Street Style

Street Style

Street Style

Street Style

Street Style

Street Style

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The street style task was a great way for us to learn worlds idea of “suit smart”.