This article investigates the conflict between hand crafted
bespoke tailoring and computerised mass market tailoring in the UK, in order to
assess the overall place for this traditional technique within fashion design.
It supports a need for retaining the heritage of traditional skills practiced
in bespoke tailoring and justifies this as a luxury the consumer can and should
afford. The research emphasises the pedagogic approach to the delivery and
understanding of tailoring technology in the fashion design courses at University of Huddersfield. This understanding underpins the student's perception of
pattern cutting, fit, sizing, proportion and an overall approach to making
clothes. Fashion tutors at Huddersfield believe that when students are taught
to appreciate the luxury, heritage and skill of bespoke tailoring, it equips
them with the confidence and expertise to create any type of garment.
The luxury of the traditional tailoring process is in the time,
craft and experience instilled into each garment. A bespoke tailor is a
sculptor whose medium is cloth. He moulds a shell out of this cloth that
refines and accentuates the human form. It is a unique service in which the
client's individual measurements are applied to the creation of a garment made
to their exact size specifications. Particular attention is given to the
detail, quality and excellence in the work.
was originally published by the International Journal of Technology, Knowledge
and Society by Common Ground publishing"