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Former student is BBC3ís Young Tailor of the Year

9 February 2012

A former Fashion and Textile Museum/Newham College student has beaten off hundreds of competitors to become the UK’s best young tailor. Industry experts judged diploma student, Emma Martin, 24, from Tottenham, as the BBC3’s Young Tailor of the Year. In the BBC TV programme broadcast on Monday 5 February and featuring four finalists, she had to complete tailoring and design tasks assessed by renowned tailors Richard Anderson and Mark Powell.

Emma completed two years of study in bespoke tailoring at the College and became an apprentice at Dege & Skinner in Savile Row. She is planning to complete her apprenticeship as a coat maker later this year after two years training with Stefano Tormambe and Dege & Skinner's Head Cutter, Peter Ward.

Chris Hall, Training Manager at the Fashion and Textile Museum/Newham College, said: ‘We are very proud of Emma – this was a challenging test of her skills, and it is brilliant to see her do so well! We are committed to training young people for tailoring and it’s great to see how well our former students are doing in their careers. For the past five years we’ve developed a very successful partnership with Savile Row companies, providing students with the skills needed for employment, and making a real difference to the industry.’

The Fashion and Textile Museum/Newham College offers Bespoke Tailoring and Garment Construction courses at Levels 1, 2 and 3, with new courses now starting in September 2012.

BBC Young Tailor of the Year

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