receiving an applause for their achievements, I would like to take a moment to consider the people who actually make garments. As a designer myself I always feel in between, as working hard long hours sewing away for years, before having the honour to design and sew less later..I know what sweat and stress and strain is involved in the production side. I appreciate and have a soft spot for the workers.
Making clothes is amazing, fascinating how an idea, someone's vision becomes reality, and a flat pattern can become a three dimensional garment. There's a huge amount of skills and knowledge required and not all designers I have to say posess them. Fabric?Fit?Cut?Patterncutting?Techniques?Threads?Needles?Facings?What?How?Where?These are sometimes fundamental skills and knowledge aquired in the industry not necessarily taught at college but eventually learnt on the job..hopefully.
'Made in England' is a documentary that was currently aired on Channel 4 about garment production returning to English factories.The documentary was brilliant and heartwarming and gives a really good glimpse into fashion's production line. I remember when my Mom used to point out (and still does on very rare occasions between the made in India, made in China, made in Morocco ones...) that a good quality garment meant 'made in Italy' , 'made in France' or 'made in England' printed in the label.
Loic Prigent's 'Chanel' documentary is another one to watch, if you haven't yet do so, I looove it so much and elements of it reminded me of 'Made in England' .
My respect goes out to all those sitting behind their Brothers, Pfaffs,Singers, Berninas, Husqvarnas...!