A Tailor’s History of Savile Row

Here’s something awesome. 

Fashion students from around London are working on a project to document the history of tailoring on and around Savile Row. The project is being funded by the Museum of London and digital-works (an arts and education charity organization). With their support, these students have interviewed twenty-five people from various aspects of the trade. The goal is to “celebrate the history and skills of the men and women in the industry with candid stories of pride and hardship, working conditions, conflict and camaraderie, and brushes with the famous and powerful.” Unlike other projects that try to do the same, this one puts tailors at the center of this history, rather than famous clients and/ or big, faceless firms. 

At the moment, they have a bunch of interviews on the website that you can listen to. They also have some short film clips of clothes being made (no flash or glamour, just tailors working). In June of this year, a full film will also be available on the site. 

(via Anda Rowland of Anderson & Sheppard)


Lingerie’s Future Designers?

The renowned London College of Fashion’s Fashion Contour students have been gracing my screen with their graduated lingerie collections. Looking through their work on the Lingerie courses portfolio site shows future promise of new and interesting things. From distressed beautifully raw fabrics, Constructed Weaving, interesting design shapes and concepts as well as future thinking fabric innovations. 

Good luck to all and if you are interested in more from the course take a look around their showtime page here

(Charley Bishop, Aimee Jackson, Basma Masri, Alice Roberts, Yue Zhoe, Katalin Aradi)


Xiao Li

RCA Fashion 2013 collection 

Plump pastel silicone garments moulded from knitwear feature in this collection by Royal College of Art graduate Xiao Li.

“Traditional knitwear is more soft and shapeless,” Li told Dezeen. “I wanted to find out a new way to present knitwear and was influenced by Modern architecture and 60s Balenciaga.” Li used her own knitting samples to create moulds to produced patterned silicone material used entirely for a jacket and skirt, and as hems or accessories for genuine knitted items. “I wanted to make sure my collection is innovative but still wearable,” she said.

“All the materials came in white and I dyed them by myself to match the colour.”

Photo from Stylebubble

Write by Dan Howarth