The Museum of Modern Art in New York has a fascinating (and free) online course of videos called “Fashion as Design.” Quite by accident, I stumbled upon a two-part installment in the series called “How To Make a Savile Row Suit” (Part 1 and Part 2). The short documentaries go literally behind the curtain into the bespoke process at Anderson & Sheppard, one of the most renowned and respected tailors on London’s Savile Row.

Among the things I learned about the making of a bespoke suit… the master cutter takes 20 measurements for the jacket and 7 for the pants. Also… a well-cut bespoke suit needs to be comfortable enough for the wearer to be in it for 12 hours and not think about it. There’s so much more, and it’s all so fascinating.

If you merely have a fleeting interest in tailored clothing, or if you enjoy James Bond, John Wick or The Kingsman films, you’d love these videos. For me, this is sartorial porn. 

These gems were produced in 2017, and my only regret is not stumbling across them sooner. Enjoy!

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