Fashion > Fashion Design (Menswear)]
This project involved the realisation of a capsule collection of tailored suits, based on concepts of Classic, Modern and Soft, to be manufactured in China. The aim was to produce a product of the highest standard which would stand as an exclusive range positioned between the highest bespoke level and manufactured tailored garments.
Five Master Tailors came to the UK from China for a period of three months for “western” orientation and training in the precise techniques of manufacture and development of this collection. I researched Clerical Dress from 1850 to 1930 for elements of my input as a key inspiration for the styling and cut of the garments. The technical and tailoring processes are those that were established as “pure garments” – to use only natural fabrics, interlinings and sewing threads as in Savile Row.
My role was to develop the existing high skill level of these Master Tailors in line with the Clerical Gas design and technical requirements for fine quality tailoring. This included working alongside these tailors to understand their techniques and methods and also motivation and re-education with regard to the project requirements. This was achieved by complementing their skills and making adjustments where necessary to meet specifications. Visits to Savile Row and retail stores were important, including. Henry Poole, Nortons, Burlington Arcade, Harrods, Harvey Nichols and Cordings.
The Xian team returned to China and produced the first complete collection for Clerical Gas which was shown at Pitti Uomo Italy and New York Fashion Week USA receiving quality press coverage and interest from niche retailers, and was sold to Bergdorf Goodman in the USA.
|Type of Research:||Other|
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Alan Cannon-Jones Current Research:
My research and professional practice are interlinked within the areas of the "technical and technology" for the fashion industry. Working as a consultant and practitioner embraces both "hands on" and research opportunities. Attending exhibitions, fairs and conferences as either a delegate and/or a speaker on an international platform both informs my own knowledge and creates the opportunity to share information with my peers. As a member and Hon. General Secretary for the Federation of Clothing Designers & Executives I am involved in regular meetings and seminars with practitioners on an international platform. My professional practice embraces research as I work with International designers and companies. By being involved in the research for new projects I am then able to contribute to conferences and written works.
|Your affiliations with UAL:||Colleges > London College of Fashion|
|Date:||01 June 2003|
|Deposited By:||INVALID USER|
|Deposited On:||03 Dec 2009 22:29|
|Last Modified:||26 Sep 2011 13:47|