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Tailored Stories

An Oral History of Savile Row

This project celebrates the history and skills of the men and women in the bespoke tailoring industry with candid stories of pride and hardship, working conditions, conflict and camaraderie and brushes with the famous and powerful. Most of all, this project puts those who have made the area synomomous with the highest quality craftsmanship at the centre of this history.

Students from fashion courses at Kensington and Chelsea College and the London College of Fashion worked alongside digital:works to explore the history of tailoring in the Savile Row area in London's West End. With support from the Museum of London the students undertook research and went on to interview 25 people working in various aspects of the trade.

Funded by
Heritage Lottery Fund and Kensington & Chelsea College

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