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Making History after 200 Years! Kathryn Sargent is Savile Row’s First Female Master Tailor

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Kathryn Sargent savile row bellanaija may2016_3000London’s Savile Row is known in fashion history for it’s famous suits and impeccable cuts. For the first time in it’s 213 year history, 41 year old Kathryn Sargent is Savile Row’s first female master tailor.

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After completing a fashion design degree, Sargent began an apprenticeship at Gieves & Hawkes, becoming head cutter in 2009 – the first woman in Savile Row history to hold the position. “It was very unusual, some 20 years ago when I started, for me to be in the cutting room and for me to be training“, she told BBC, “I went to Savile Row and knocked on a few doors and walked up and down the street and was so enchanted by what I saw. I had never seen anything like it.”

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On achieving such a feat and more women being a part of the Savile Row community, she told The Guardian “As a tailor it has been a long-held ambition of mine. I am thrilled to be making history, although for me being a woman is incidental – I am a tailor first and foremost. There’s more and more women coming through now and doing the training. 65% of the newly-qualified tailors last year were women. It is more diverse.”

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Now, Sargent’s name will stand alongside other legendary designers such as Hardy Amies, Henry Poole, and Ozwald Boateng — and Sargent told the Evening Standard that she was “pinching herself” at the prospect. She will also make garment for both men and women.

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 06: Master tailor Kathryn Sargent poses inside her new shop on Savile Row on April 6, 2016 in London, England. Kathryn Sargent whose clients have included members of the royal family and David Beckham, has become the first female tailor to open a shop on Savile Row, the home of bespoke tailoring in the UK. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND – APRIL 06: Master tailor Kathryn Sargent poses inside her new shop on Savile Row on April 6, 2016 in London, England. Kathryn Sargent whose clients have included members of the royal family and David Beckham, has become the first female tailor to open a shop on Savile Row, the home of bespoke tailoring in the UK.

We hope to see more women’s names above doors on the iconic Savile Row. We love it when female talents become strong contenders in a male-dominated industry like Kathryn in the realm of bespoke tailoring.

Photography: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images, Jack Taylor/Getty Images
Sources:  BBCThe GuardianEvening Standard

Eki is the Editor for BellaNaija Style and Lifestyle Editor for BellaNaija.com She has a Vogue Fashion Certificate from Conde Nast College of Fashion & Design and also attended Central Saint Martins, London College of Fashion and the University of Kent. Eki headed the Design Operations at a top Nigerian womenswear fashion brand before finding love at BellaNaija Style. Eki loves all things creative. Follow her on Instagram @ekiogunbor BellaNaija Style: [email protected] | @bellanaijastyle BellaNaija Beauty: @bellanaijabeauty BellaNaija Living: [email protected] | @bellanaijaliving

4 Comments

  1. Mama

    May 9, 2016 at 4:09 pm

    You see am??? They are still called “Tailor”, but awon 9ja cut and sew say dem be designer, dey sew yeye that nobody can afford!!!
    Notice the career projection too… from a pattern cutter… More power to you Madam Talior, to be on the most prestigious bespoke fashion row in the world is no small feat!!!!

  2. keerthi wijesnghe

    May 9, 2016 at 8:11 pm

    englaend tailoring is the world best

  3. shakitibobo

    May 9, 2016 at 9:54 pm

    #Savillerowdisciplehere

  4. Tosin

    May 10, 2016 at 1:15 am

    hot!

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