Shears of Glory
Riddle had front-row seats for the annual competition showcasing the best of tailoring’s fresh talent
Article by Rupert Watkins Photography by Andy Barnham
Riddle was at the Merchant Taylors’ Hall on Threadneedle Street last night for the finals of the 2015 Golden Shears competition. Now in its 40th year, this prestigious award is sponsored by the Worshipful Company of Merchant Taylors in order to encourage and seek out exciting young tailoring talent from among the apprentices of London’s tailoring houses and the country’s leading fashion colleges.
A final shortlist of 25 designs were shown last night, these having already been closely examined by a panel of technical judges (including Jonathan Becker and Kathryn Sargent) for their cutting, stitching and correct construction. These 25 were put down the catwalk in front of a guest panel of judges including Jodie Kidd, Betty Jackson and Jennifer Saunders.
There was more or less an equal spilt between male and female outfits and bold design and the finest fabrics were clearly apparent across the board. Stand outs for this writer included a women’s jacket with pencil skirt that had a clear nod to Christian Dior’s “New Look” (Shannon Scott at LCF), a striking men’s red double-breasted suit with a very nice black and white houndstooth overcoat (by Maya Jauzlin at Richard Anderson) and a luxurious men’s driving coat with a pleasingly subdued tweed waistcoat (James Weir at Henry Poole).
The 25 finalists were evenly distributed between London’s foremost tailoring houses and the country’s fashion colleges, demonstrating widely spread, innovative talent which bodes well for the future of English bespoke tailoring and the continuing rude health of many of its top firms. The fact that a quarter of the designers were also from abroad, having opted to come to the UK to study or gain their apprenticeships, further demonstrates the continuing appeal of the UK and its tailoring institutions to budding and inquisitive international talent.
The runners up – or Silver Shears – went to Dionne Reeves at Huntsman for her military inspired frock coat and overalls. The star of the night – winning the 2015 Golden Shears – was Joe Holsgrove from Denman & Goddard with his half shooting jacket and trousers.
Top image: Golden Shears 2015 Winner; half shooting jacket and trousers by Joe Holsgrove