Talented fashion students from Kensington and Chelsea College are producing a high-profile film exploring the history of Savile Row – the iconic London home of bespoke menswear.
16 of the College’s UAL Fashion Diploma students teamed up with film-makers Digital:Works to start shooting the film, which chronicles the lives and skills of the people who helped to shape Savile Row’s world-renowned name.
Backed by the Heritage Lottery Fund, the students will be responsible for capturing interviews with tailors and seamstresses, and ‘behind the scenes’ footage of them showcasing their incredible skills.
The film will provide an exclusive insight into the famous street which has dressed everyone from actors and foreign dignitaries to our own Royal family.
As part of the project students will also be given a guided tour of Savile Row, led by a tailor who has worked in the industry since his apprenticeship. During the tour students will have the unique opportunity to interview a number of people who work in, or are retired from, the trade including a master tailor and one of the first female tailors.
The project will also include access to the Museum of London’s rarely seen collection of clothing and other items relating to the street and give students the chance to work with Curator of Fashion & Decorative Arts, Tim Long, who will be on hand to explain the production processes and their fashion heritage significance.
Nina Vella, a Year 1 student on the College’s UAL Diploma course, said: “It’ll be interesting to see the change of bespoke tailored clothing over the centuries, and hear from people who have experienced it first hand for decades.
Arianwen Shoring, Lecturer at Kensington and Chelsea College, which has also provided funding for the project, said: “This is a great project to delve into the history and heritage of Savile Row, as well as a great opportunity for the students to understand the industry and the growing popularity of menswear and its association with London.”
The film is due to premier with a prestigious London launch in June 2015 to coincide with London Fashion Collections; Men
As part of the launch celebrations, the College will be hosting its very own pop-up store in Carnaby Street where guests can discover the latest cutting edge designs from budding stylists.
For further information about the College’s internationally renowned Fashion and Millinery courses please attend its next Open Day at the Chelsea Centre on Thursday February 5th.
Please visit https://www.kcc.ac.uk for more details and to register attendance, or alternatively call 0207 573 5333.
Date published: 28 January 2015