I decided to enter the Golden Shears competition, and put my skills to the test in what has been described as ‘the Oscars of the tailoring world’. In order to do so I had to design, cut and make an outfit that would be scrutinised in two separate judging stages. The first was of industry professionals, who marked my outfit based on the quality of the design, cut and make overall. Every stitch was to be meticulously inspected, so I had to make sure that everything was to the very highest standard that I could achieve. Should I get through to the final 25 competitors, the second stage of judging would be done by a panel of celebrities that would be mainly looking for style. Below you can see images of my entry right the way through from the initial design drawings, up until it was handed in to the competition.
I found it difficult at first to come up with a design, as I prefer the more traditional Savile Row clothes as opposed to what people would usually expect to go on a catwalk. By incorporating a few features from various garments, I came up with a half shooting jacket with contrasting facings and extras, and trousers to match. I am very proud of my design, as I feel that I have managed to fully display some kind of ‘best-of’ selection of what Savile Row tailoring can offer, whilst leaving it to the cloth and quality of making to stand out and get noticed on the catwalk.