The professional life of one of Savile Row’s best-known characters has been captured in a new book published next month titled, ‘The Savile Row Cutter’. Now Chairman of Dege & Skinner and a Master Cutter, Michael Skinner’s career started in 1952 when he joined the family firm as an 18 year old and he has since trained a great number of the bespoke tailors currently plying their trade on the Row.
Written ‘in conversation’ by LCF PhD student Hormazd Narielwalla, the book provides a fascinating insight into the life and work of a Master Tailor who has been at the forefront of bespoke tailoring for more than 50 years.
Dressing Royalty and some of the most distinguished and stylish gentlemen around the world, the book features anecdotes and photographs collected during the firm’s long and illustrious history; tales of actress Joanna Lumley and her beloved Dege ‘knickers’, Captain Mark Phillips at his wedding to Princess Anne in 1973, 1960’s band The Kinks and by special permission, a reprint of the double portrait of Prince William and Prince Harry by Nicky Philipps, which was unveiled last year and currently hangs in the National Portrait Gallery in London.
‘The Savile Row Cutter’ is published in August 2011 by Bene Factum Publishing, an independent British non-fiction publisher and is available to buy from www.bene-factum.co.uk, Amazon and a number of other outlets for the cover price of £25.00.
Hormazd Narielwalla is the first recipient of the highly sought after International Rector Scholarship from University of Arts London and currently studying for a PhD at the LCF.