Emma is the 1st ever British Best Young Tailor
and how wonderful that our best young tailor is a woman. Emma is an apprentice at Dege and Skinner
on Savile Row and has been working with them for a year and a half now. She started her training at the London College of Fashion were she did a foundation year in art and design but decided that she wanted to make really amazing clothes and didn't feel LCF was the right place for her. She felt the best place for her to learn her trade was on Savile Row. So after googling courses she found a pre-apprenticeship scheme that Newham College were offering. It was a year and a half basic tailoring skills course, where you had to make your own coat at the end of it. The course also sent them on work placement in Savile Row. Where she got to spend time at 3 tailoring houses. After which Peter Ward who is the head cutter at Dege and Skinner
offered her a job.
After working in different areas Emma now specialises in coat making. She told me "it is very intense every single day. You have to be very alert as one slip and the coat is not as beautiful as it should be and these guys spend £3 to 5K on a coat so you want it to to be perfect for them". Emma also said that her tutor was very harsh but very fair saying "after all he didn't need me but I needed him". When we were shooting everyone who knew her who walked past congratulated her which was really lovely. She said it was so nice to be recognised for what she does, that both men and women have been working in this industry for years and can all do the job equally well. Having said that it was only a few years ago that after 200 years the 1st woman pattern cutter was appointed. "We're getting there" she said.
Her own personal style is influenced by vintage clothing, partly because as an apprentice she can't afford anything else.
Emma found it difficult to pinpoint a favourite place in London as she said the beauty of London is that it is so varied. She likes Hampstead Heath for its great pubs and nice walks, Camden for partying and Stokie (Stoke Newington) for its food. Her boyfriend is a chief and they both love food. Also she loves her own home which is a warehouse and great for parties. When I asked her for her surprise she said she loves to host massive fancy dress parties in her home. Emma believes the mark of a good costume is when people don't recognise you. Her own 2 favourite costumes were when she dressed up as Mystique from the X-Men and Old Greg from the Mighty Boosh. Her favourite costume from one of her parties is when one of her guests came as Zebedee from the Magic Roundabout. It was so good she couldn't figure out how she had done it. "The girl had a spring around her legs and the head was done perfectly".
Emma's hat is from a charity shop in Hackney and only cost her £4.00. Her coat is from Hobbs but was also bought in a charity shop in her home town - Harlow in Essex. Her shirt is from the same shop. Dress is Public Beware, belt on dress, charity shop, belt on coat Christmas present from her mum and shoes are Russell and Bromley.
On an other note - Was interviewed myself for Say Daily. You can check out the interview here
Dvora thank you for sharing the story (and beautiful portraits) of this talented lady! My grandma was a tailor and I've always be fascinated by the actual making of the clothes. Best of luck to Emma!
amazing hat :D
I really enjoyed this post. Thank you very much and congratulations to Emma!
Fabulous outfit! love that hat!
She have an amazing hair colour!
I watched this programme and was so pleased when Emma won. She was easily the most passionate about tailoring - though she needs to brush up on her fashion history! (Sorry, Emma). Did you bump into her - or was the photoshoot arranged? Gorgeous pictures, as always.
And she looks so g'dam fresh :D
Great interview! She´s really nice and her style is great! Love her hair too!!
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What a great post!!
Amazing hair, and outfil really ^^
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What a stunner. I wish I could ever have the gutts to color my hair something so vibrant :)
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She's really cute. Love her hat and hair!
She is wonderfully inspiring to look at. Such great news as well.
She sounds like a pretty cool gal. Love her bright orange hair!
Emma sounds amazing (and I sure wouldn't mind coming to one of her dress-up parties :)
Great interview, Dvora! I had no idea that this is your middle name - you are a mysterious creature indeed.
that is such a remarkable story. great lighting in these pictures.
Lovely profile! I love reading them on this site because you get to know the personality behind the clothes. Really great read.
She has such a great style and I love her hair color!
what a brilliant post, i think this has been one of my fav of yours ever. great to hear more about her, i can't imagine how proud she feels to have achieved this.
Congratulations to her! I'm sure she deserved that award and it's high time it went to a talented, female tailor. I love how she has really turned her hair into an accessory. We'd love for you to go to one of her costume parties and photograph everything there! xxx
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