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!
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.
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!
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 showing her development work
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 Wang Presentation
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
Jacket before 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.
Brianna’s Collar (KCC Student)
Nina’s Collar (KCC Student)
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/
Yesterday was a day of full interviews! First stop Anderson and Sheppard
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 Sheppard
Next we went to interview Guy Hills owner and founder of Dashing Tweeds.
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.
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.
Yesterday we interviewed Andrew Ramroop the first black head cutter on Savile Row who worked for Maurice Sedwell and later bought the company. When interviewing Mr Ramroop I was quickly inspired by his passion and drive for the business that he is in – also his quotes are something that I would remember and keep with me on my journey into the fashion industry.
We also had the opportunity to talk to him about his love for teaching and training future tailors at The Savile Row Academy that he founded.