Dress Making in Canterbury
Dress makers, Pattern Cutters, Designers, and Textile Designers (et al) are people with nimble fingers and agile minds, transforming visions into innovative stories, through a combination of style and dexterity.
Equipped with heaps of expertise, monumental perseverance, and plenty of patience their multi-skill base remains unmatched by the several professions. Of course , they are beyond measure and in today’s buzz word, they are described as ‘Creators’. Rightfully so, since constructing ideas into beautiful and functional garments is Creation.
But it hasn’t always been like this, they have been understated, yet survived the derision aimed from those so ignorant of the profession and what it entailed, who summed them up, and their proffession, in negative labels and a charechitured light: The Dress maker, as the ‘frail little old lady, bent over a Singer sewing machine’, – and the tailor, ‘the frail little old man, with measuring tape around his neck, wearing round glasses, and a balding head’. – I’m not going to mention the spinster on the spindle, spinning yarn.
But now, today, in the 21st Century, they are rightfully hailed as Icons and an inspiration to all. Their cloths are objects of dreams, desired by the many, and worn by kings and queens. To most they remain out of reach.
And now that their recognition and status is acknowledged, these talented creators and constructers may reap what the have sewn, about which I am particularly happy.
The concept of death rows, and withering labels, ‘the frail old lady……’ and the frail little old man, have been removed from total usage by The Seamstress, and the Master Tailor which is much better fitting, I think. Even though in essence, a label remains unattractive, in this case, at least it’s positive, and I like the phrases and the sounds they make (The Seamstress, and the Master Tailor)