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Tailored: A Very British Fashion

What did Ringo Starr, HRH Duke of Windsor, Teddy Boys and a working man in 1800s Leeds have in common? They all owned a piece of British tailoring history.

Hoping to encapsulate each of these unique looks is an exhibition cataloging the quintessential heritage of tailoring from the eighteenth century and it’s coming to Leeds City Museum from 17th July – 3rd January 2016. Exploring a customary skill steeped in British history, each museum piece showcases a range of techniques, opulent fabrics and fine hand craft to showcase a collection of stunning fashion artifacts for both men and women alongside a historical timeline. With an influx of new season two-pieces flooding into Jules B over the past few weeks, we’ve been getting excited about contemporary tailoring for the modern gent, and we’re hoping that this exhibition will reveal the evolution of the Today Suit.

The images below give a nod to sartorial style, and are all to be seen at the up and coming exhibition. Beatles member, Ringo Starr, managed to pull of this worsted jacket with velvet collar detail by tailor D. A Millings, whilst performing on stage in 1962… definitely a case of style over practicality. But, in fact, designer Millings was known as the ‘Beatles Tailor.’ Starting out in 1930 as a pattern cutter by day and jazz singer by night and after breaking his back during WW2 he confounded possibility and learnt to walk again opening his own tailors in 1958 , boasting Dusty Springfield, Roy Orbison and Cliff Richard among his rock-star clientele. And so, it appears that each piece on show at this sophisticated exhibition has an endearing story.

Another entry we’re highly anticipating, is a bespoke suit commissioned by the exhibition and designed by Kathryn Sargent. Pictured below with the Prince of Wales, Sargent was the first woman in the history of Savile Row to hold the position of Head Cutter, and is now the first woman to run her own Savile Row tailoring house. A power figure in the industry, Sargent worked for 15 years as a cutter at maverick tailors, Gieves and Hawkes, dubbed the No1. London before opening her own business, where 25 measurements and 50 full hours are required to produce one single bespoke suit – we’ll take one in every colour! Excitement for whatever Sargent offers at the exhibition is rising and we’re hoping she stands by her values of de-genderizing Savile row, proving bespoke is not just for the gents!

Equally enduring is the inclusion of garments originating in and around Leeds itself, a nod to British tailoring, not only that designed and manufactured in the Big Smoke! Big names include Montague Burton and Hepworths featured in celebration of men’s high street fashion with the inclusion of a Hardy Amies’ suit and a 1920s Dress Suit; just picture Jay Gatsby at a dinner party.

So, if the exhibition has inspired you to invest in some truly British tailoring  but you can’t quite make it to Savile Row in London for a meticulously made wonder-suit then don’t fear. Get designer luxury, premium quality, impeccable attention to detail and make like Ringo by shopping the collection of suits at Jules B Online. Or give our in-house tailoring expert, Peter a call on (0191) 281 7855 for our Made to Measure service at Power dressing is back.

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