Last night saw the opening of a ‘work in progress’ showcase of pieces from LCF final year BA (Hons) Bespoke Tailoring students in the Newburgh Quarter of Carnaby.

Open until April 1st, the exhibition explains the process of making tailored garments through delicate cloth samples, pattern making, textile manipulations, hand sewn techniques, first fit toiles, sketchbooks and final garments.

Offering a rare opportunity to learn how cloth is moulded and manipulated to reflect the human form, the exhibition is a preview of work from students soon to be in the industry.

Darla-Jane Gilroy, Programme Director for BA (Hons) Bespoke Tailoring spoke about the showcase:

‘Tailoring is a highly specialised, intricate skill that is known to very few. This exhibition aims to explain and demystify the process of creating a bespoke garment, showing the subtleties of cut, custom-fit and construction.’

LCF students have previously been supported by Shaftesbury, the company behind Carnaby, in retail led endeavours such as LCF’s annual College Shop, amongst other pop-up exhibitions and shops.

Make sure to check out the exhibition before it closes on April 1st to learn more about what goes into creating the garments of Savile Row, Alexander McQueen and Vivienne Westwood, where LCF tailoring graduates have found their careers.

  • Photos by Gemma Alex Jewell-Kirby, BA (Hons) Bespoke Tailoring