Fashion lecturer and bespoke dressmaker Lucy Markham has first-hand experience of the issues facing her students.
“It’s good for the students to know that you’ve been through it,” says Lucy,
…who has been lecturing at Hull School of Art and Design (HSAD) since 2009; runs her own business; and also offers private sewing classes. She works with a diverse range of clients, from amateur seamstresses to up-and-coming fashion designers and professional costumiers.
Lucy’s research interests include ongoing investigations into the shapes, volumes and textures created by fabrics, as well as a specialism in pattern-cutting.
“My MA was about the manipulation of fabric on the stand, static pieces,” says Lucy. “It was a cross between fashion and art.”
Her MA research inspired Lucy to launch her own dressmaking business, Lucy Markham Bespoke Dressmaking, in October 2012, which she runs from a custom-built studio at her home.
“I’m interested in bringing manufacturing back to England with Lucy Markham Bespoke Dressmaking,” she says.
Lucy is creating a niche for herself offering a small-scale manufacturing service for up-and-coming designers.
“I can run out up to 30 pieces, which is great for new designers wanting samples running up. Often, designers might have a vision in their head, but can’t or don’t have the time to make it. Cutting a pattern and making a garment is a specialist skill that not many people have. The great thing about our BA (Hons) Fashion course at HSAD is that it is 80% practical – our students do all the research and pattern-cutting themselves.”
Much of Lucy’s client-based private practice comes through word of mouth. She also teaches sewing classes; has a strong seam of her own womenswear designs; and is currently working on a collection to show at her home studio.
She is developing research into the use of mobile technology apps for Fashion students and investigating electronic patter-cutting techniques to inform her teaching.
Visit Lucy’s website: www.lucymarkhambespoke.co.uk