TALK: ‘Common Threads – Craft, Couture & Fine Art’ with Joshua Millard, Kathryn Sargent & Jacky Puzey
Sunday 28 April 2019
Our third and final talk of the ‘Common Threads’ weekend addresses textile and fashion as art with designer Joshua Millard, tailor Kathryn Sargent and embroiderer Jackie Puzey. Certainly clothing design has been recognised most notably by the V&A, London and the Metropolitan, New York who hold extensive collections and regular exhibitions. But what about those behind the scenes? The fabrics themselves are an integral part of the design and rely on teams of artists to create them.
Joshua Millard established his London-based womenswear brand in 2016. After graduating from London College of Fashion in Bespoke Tailoring, he gained experience at Jonathan Saunders and on Savile Row. He designs a transitional wardrobe of longevity, born from his clients desire to seek tailoring and outerwear that suggest something new, lasting beyond fast trends. “There is a complex idea of what masculinity and femininity are, similarly with country and citywear, I see no need to distinguish between either, I think we’re not defined by our location anymore”. The brand endeavours to source all shearling from Josh’s family farm in Dorset. In addition, £5 from every product is donated to Plantlife, a partnership which promotes endangered species of wildflower growth in arable habitats.
Discovered as a rising star during her fifteen-year career at Gieves & Hawkes of No.1 Savile Row, Kathryn rose to the position of head cutter, the first woman to do so in the entire history of Savile Row. In 2012 Kathryn founded the company that carries her name creating bespoke quintessentially English garments steeped in the time-honoured values of legendary Savile Row tailoring. Today she travels the world creating expertly-crafted bespoke pieces to order.
Jacky Puzey is an award-winning British designer and artist specialising in exquisitely embroidered interior screens and fabrics. Inspired by international textile cultures and urban imagery Jacky’s work begins with detailed drawings and meticulous research which she develops into some of the UK’s finest embroidered bespoke products.
Photo: Roni Ahn, courtesy of Joshua Millard