A thirst for impeccable tailoring runs in Womenswear graduate Samuel Wellington’s veins. ‘My great-grandmother was a tailor for Burberry in Yorkshire… while I never knew her in my lifetime, the remnants of her work were always there.’ Supported by the Swarovski Foundation, his graduate collection An Angel Gets His Wings Clipped; AAGHWC0620 began as ‘an anthropological study of birds, looking at their musculature… the construction of their wings’ and spiralled into an exploration of the classical and contemporary mythology of angels through the lens of historical techniques for bespoke tailoring; a narrative that then became ‘the idea of turning the female body into a chimera, subverting traditional Judaeo-Christian and polytheistic archetypes and myths.’ Unlike many of his contemporaries, Wellington has already set his own business up in Harrogate as a bespoke tailor. In his hands, the future of contemporary tailoring is bright.

Oliver McCabe, BA (Hons) Fashion Journalism