Behind the scenes: Matt (Prince Philip) and Clare Foy (Queen Elizabeth II) with a young Prince Charles
Matt is wearing our Bespoke Charcoal Double Breasted Suit
Off-duty style includes Matt wearing our Bespoke Grey Pleated Trousers
Matt Smith wearing our Bespoke Dinner Suit
Matt in our Bespoke Black 3 Piece Suit
Alex Jennings as the Duke of Windsor wearing our Bespoke Navy Windowpane Check Suit
Bow Down To The Crown
29th September 2016
The official trailer for ‘The Crown’, Netflix’s hotly anticipated new series, has been released and is swiftly cultivating a mass following before it’s even been launched (4th November, put it in your diary).
The reason we’re so excited? Our talented Bespoke team worked with The Crown’s costume department to create a number of garments for the first series, and we have already got to work on series two. With a star studded cast, we were fortunate enough to make suits and other tailored pieces for Matt Smith, Jared Harris, Alex Jennings, Jeremy Northam, Stephen Dillane, Vanessa Kirby and Ben Miles.
Matt Smith stars as Prince Philip, opposite Claire Foy as Queen Elizabeth II. The series, based on Peter Morgan’s 2013 play ‘The Audience’, tells the story of the life of Queen Elizabeth II as she prepares to take the throne at the young age of 25, during a challenging time in British history.
In the photo above Matt is wearing one of our Bespoke Double Breasted Suits, very much the iconic style of Prince Philip, in a charcoal wool.
You can watch the trailer below, and head over to follow us on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook where we will be unveiling more images over the coming weeks.
If you find yourself sartorially inspired by the series, and would like to commission piece of Bespoke you can contact the team via firstname.lastname@example.org or call +44(0)20 3802 7006
Putting On The Crown
4th November 2016
After much anticipation, Netflix have now released their eagerly awaited new series ‘The Crown’. For our regular readers, you will have seen some preview images and read our online feature as we announced our involvement with the show. If you’re reading this and scratching your head as to why we are so excited, let us explain some more.
‘The Crown’ tells the story of the life of Queen Elizabeth II as she prepares to take the throne at the young age of 25, during a challenging time in British history. The series has been heralded as a first of its kind for delving behind the glamorous exterior of the British Monarchy. To ensure this production reflected reality as much as possible they not only needed to seek the perfect actors (which they did), they also needed to build a costume department that could easily be mistaken for the real life wardrobe of our much loved Royals.
We were thrilled when Michele Clapton, head of wardrobe for the series, asked us to get involved. Michele spent a huge amount of time researching clothes worn by the Royals, and we worked tirelessly to recreate these garments and we’re so pleased with the result. We were very lucky to work with Matt Smith, who stars as Prince Philip, creating a variety of suits and trousers for his role. We also created tailoring for the below;
Alex Jennings as the Duke of Windsor
Jared Harris as King George VI
Vanessa Kirby as Princess Margaret
Jeremy Northam as Anthony Eden
Stephen Dillane as Graham Sutherland
Ben Miles as Peter Townsend
Below are some images of various Bespoke creations we made for the show, which we are very excited to share with you. If you head over to our Instagram account and follow us, we will be posting more images over the coming days.
If you are feeling sartorially inspired and would like to book an appointment to meet with our bespoke team, please email email@example.com or call +44(0)20 3802 7006. For those of you based in New York, you’re in luck. Lee (Head of Bespoke) and Fred (House Cutter) will be jetting over to the big Apple from 15th-18th November, setting up residency at The Standard High Line to hold fittings and meetings. Get in touch with the team via the contacts above to book yourself an appointment.
Determined to become part of the fashion industry, but unable to make a breakthrough, Everest decided to use his knowledge of tailoring. He answered an advertisement placed in the London Evening Standard, in 1982, by Tommy Nutter; 'Boy wanted in Savile Row'. He pestered Nutter for weeks, until he was given the job. Nutter's client base included rock stars, celebrities, politicians and businessmen; he famously dressed The Beatles and The Stones. Everest also mixed with future celebrities of the fashion world. John Galliano, who had been studying at the Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, passed on some design skills to Everest, while on work placement with Nutter. Everest met his future wife Catherine (now an actress and film producer) at this time, while she was also working with Nutter. The couple have two daughters. Everest's time under Nutter, a Savile Row revolutionary in the 1960s, inspired him to experiment with tone and pattern in his own designs. In 1986, after nearly five years as Nutter's apprentice, Everest was persuaded to move on to work for Malcolm Levene. He had become disillusioned with Savile Row, particularly with their lack of appreciation for Nutter's more modern approach. Everest found that working with Levene, a small menswear retailer based away from Savile Row, on Chiltern Street, provided a welcome change. During Everest's first year there, Levene's turnover doubled.
Leaving Levene in the late 1980s to become a freelance stylist in television advertising, MTV and film, Everest began styling bands and pop stars such as George Michael. He recognised a shift in perception of the male fashion industry; men had become more label conscious. This had coincided with the increased awareness of top-end fashion designers, like Hugo Boss and Armani, highlighted by men's lifestyle magazines; such as Arena and The Face. He said, "I thought that if we could demystify bespoke tailoring and make it more accessible, as well as really understanding what was going on in ready-to-wear fashion and being directional with it, there was possibly a market there."Having decided to create the Timothy Everest brand as an alternative to 'designer' ready-to-wear, he searched for a suitable location away from "the stuffiness of Savile Row".
Everest opened his first premises in 1989; in Princelet Street, Spitalfields, just outside the City of London, in the East End. He said, "We started in one room of a house. We had one rail with four garments on and a telephone, no chairs, no furniture." To begin with, business was slow. Moving premises in 1993, he chose a three-storey, early Georgian townhouse (built in 1724), just north of Old Spitalfields Market in nearby Elder Street – the former home of artist Mark Gertler (1891–1939) – converting it to an atelier over seven weeks. He dressed Tom Cruise for the 1996 film Mission: Impossible. Cruise liked the suits so much that he kept them, and commissioned Everest to make him some more.
Everest became one of the "Cool Britannia" tailoring generation of the mid-1990s, identified by James Sherwood (author of Savile Row: The Master Tailors of British Bespoke) as having begun with the publication of Vanity Fair's "Cool Britania" issue in 1997. Sensing a change in consumer attitudes, away from the more traditional styling of Savile Row, he sought to revitalise bespoke suiting, which he believed had been in danger of disappearing. With contemporaries Ozwald Boateng and Richard James, he launched the New Bespoke Movement, which brought a fashion designer approach to Savile Row craftsmanship. He launched the brand's first ready-to-wear collection in 1999. His long-standing association with Marks and Spencer began that year. He dressed Tom Cruise again, for his reprised role in the 2000 film Mission: Impossible II, and at the Oscars that year, when he also dressed Robin Williams and Burt Bacharach. By 2000, he had 3,500 bespoke clients. Everest joined DAKS Simpson as design consultant in May 2000. He was appointed to the board as Group Creative Director in 2002, leaving in 2003. One of the lines he designed for DAKS was an affordable suiting range aimed at teenagers, launched in August 2001; called DAKS E1, after the postal district of his atelier.