Ep. 23: Menswear Pattern Cutting and Making, with Rhiannon Bydawell
In this episode we’re joined by Rhiannon Bydawell who is a menswear pattern cutter for McQ by Alexander McQueen. We discuss the key differences between menswear and womenswear, and Rhiannon shares stories about bespoke tailoring on the infamous Saville Row, which is where her journey started. She also shares some industry tips and lessons learnt along the way and gives us a sneaky glimpse of her impressive VIP client list!
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Rhiannon is a creative menswear pattern cutter. She trained at a bespoke tailoring Atelier in Spitalfields, London dealing mostly with male clients. She went on to teach tailoring at the London College of Fashion and for the last 4 years, she’s worked as the menswear pattern cutter at MCQ Alexander Mcqueen where she works along side Caroline.
One of Rhiannon’s many amazing career highlights is making the suits that Ralph Fiennes wore in the Bond Film, Skyfall!
Are you interested in Tailoring or Menswear?
These are some of the amazing courses that are on offer in the UK:
- BA (Hons) Bespoke Tailoring at London College of Fashion
- Fashion Atelier BA (Hons) at Rochester University
- Tailoring short course at London College of Fashion
- Menswear Pattern Cutting: Intensive by London College of Fashion
Here are some books to take a look at:
- Pattern Cutting for Menswear by Gareth Kershaw
- Metric Pattern Cutting for Menswear by Winifred Aldrich
- Classic Tailoring Techniques for Menswear: A Construction Guide by Roberto Cabrera and Denis Antoine
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