Local Tailors to Benefit from Savile Row Training
(l-r): Jason Lindsay, Chairman of FashionTT; Dionne Mc Nicol Stephenson, Director of CreativeTT; Professor Andrew Ramroop, OBE, CMTT, Master Tailor and Director of Maurice Sedwell (Savile Row) Ltd; Senator the Honourable Paula Gopee-Scoon, Minister of Trade and Industry; Professor Clement Imbert, Chairman of MIC and Lisa-Marie Daniel, General Manager of FashionTT
Port of Spain, 17th November, 2017: The Trinidad and Tobago Fashion Company Limited (FashionTT) alongside its parent company, the Trinidad and Tobago Creative Industries Company Limited (CreativeTT), has partnered with the Ministry of Trade and Industry, MIC Institute of Technology (MIC) and Savile Row Academy, to host a one-year Certificate Programme in Bespoke Tailoring, Pattern Drafting, Cutting and Fitting beginning in March 2018.
At the media launch held at the Ministry of Trade and Industry on Wednesday 15th November, 2017, representatives from each organization were present to address their role in the programme and to sign a Collaboration Agreement indicating their common line of action for the project. CreativeTT Director, Dionne Mc Nicol Stephenson explained the importance of the programme to the local creative industry, particularly the fashion industry, “This lucrative avenue of training has never been implemented in Trinidad and Tobago and is a strategic addition to the education sector in the area of fashion. It’s coming is timely as the global menswear market is burgeoning and is surpassing in growth and demand in comparison to the female apparel market, according to recent research.”
This programme will be facilitated by Professor Andrew Ramroop OBE, Founder of the Savile Row Academy, Master Tailor and Director of Maurice Sedwell, bespoke tailors of Savile Row. “Bespoke is the pinnacle of excellence. It is hand craft to the highest standards attainable; to traditional standards,” said Professor Ramroop.
The course will include four modules: A Foundation Module that will cover bespoke principles; Pattern Drafting Module; Trousers and Waistcoats & Introduction to Jacket Making Module and Jacket Making Module. MIC will provide the workshop venue at its Macoya location and facilitate skills courses such as Introduction to Business Management, Communication, Life Skills, Textiles Science and Mathematics. Graduates of the programme will be awarded a certificate in Ultra Bespoke Tailoring, Pattern Drafting, Cutting and Fitting, accredited by the Savile Row Academy, which will be equivalent to the National Vocational Qualifications at Level 4 of the United Kingdom.
Senator the Honourable Paula Gopee-Scoon, Minister of Trade and Industry, expressed her support and expectations for the tailoring programme. “This project takes us one step further from our reliance on oil and gas and one step closer to honouring the talents of our creative sector, especially those in within the fashion industry.”
Lisa-Marie Daniel, General Manager of FashionTT, explained, “The economy can benefit in many ways through this programme; graduates of this programme will be better equipped to tap into the international men’s wear market which is currently growing at a much faster rate that women’s wear, according to recent research, thereby expanding market reach and increasing contribution to the Gross Domestic Product. By aligning with the famed Savile Row Academy, international consumers will have added confidence in local products and quality which in turn can lead to increased sales. Competitiveness on the international stage will lead to increased foreign exchange.”
Tailors interested in applying to this programme can do so at www.fashiontt.co.tt/UBTP
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