Shears of Glory
Riddle had front row seats for biennial Golden Shears – showcasing the best of tailoring’s fresh talent
Riddle was at the Merchant Tailors Hall on Threadneedle Street last night for the finals of the 2017 Golden Shears competition. Now in its forty second year, this prestigious award has been sponsored by the Worshipful Company of Merchant Taylors to encourage and seek out exciting young tailoring ability 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 for their cutting, stitching and correct construction. The technical judges included Davies & Son’s Alan Bennett and Antonia Ede from Montague Ede. The finalists were put down the catwalk in front of a guest panel of judges including Jodie Kidd, David Gandy and Oliver Spencer.
There was more a less an equal spilt between male and female outfits and across the board, bold design and the finest fabrics were clearly apparent. There was a slightly heavier emphasis than the 2015 Shears on tailoring houses of the Row – with 16 entrants in apprenticeship or training roles in house. Stand out designs for this magazine included a 1930s inspired tweed check plus fours by Alexander Hills, a stunning female take on white tie by Jorden Barrett and beautifully cut women’s suit by Richard Butler at the Savile Row Academy.
The Silver Shears were won by Couch & Hoskin’s Jorden Barrett and the 2017 Golden Shears winner was Riki Brockman of Gieves & Hawkes.