March 16, 2009
Merchant Taylors’ Hall, London
The Merchant Taylors’ Company, a City Livery Company which traces its origins back to the 14th century, is now well-established as the home of The Golden Shears Competition, which is jointly sponsored by the the Company, Savile Row Bespoke and Capitb Trust, with support from the London College of Fashion and Skillfast-UK.
Designs created by some of Britain’s most talented tailoring students and trade apprentices were showcased in the catwalk finals when 26 contestants vied for the coveted Golden Shears awards, with prizes totalling £4,500.
Selected from 60 entrants drawn from across the UK, finalists’ work is judged by some of London’s top bespoke tailors, who award marks for technical skill – design, cutting and tailoring. At the catwalk show the garments were judged for style by a VIP panel – executive producer David Furnish, fashion expert Caryn Franklin, style writer James Sherwood, Savile Row tailor Patrick Grant, and Aston Martin’s director of design Merek Reichmann.
Chairman of the Competition Simon Cundey commented, “The Golden Shears competition shows off the talent and skill of some of the country’s most promising tailoring students and apprentices with this prestigious trophy and cash prize. This year the standard of entries was the highest ever. Savile Row is known throughout the world for fine tailoring. Its future lies in the hands of today’s talented young tailors.”
Rory Duffy won the prestigious Golden Shears tailoring contest for tailoring students and apprentices sponsored by the Merchant Taylors’ Company with a frockcoat and kilt in navy and cream window pane check. Rory (25), an apprentice at Savile Row tailors Henry Poole & Co who previously studied at the London College of Fashion, received a cheque for £2,000. He is currently studying coat making.
Rory Duffy is an award-winning bespoke tailor based in New York City.