Company supports the tailors of the future with the bi-annual Golden Shears Contest. Tailoring students and apprentices from throughout the country vie for the coveted Golden Shears awards, with prizes totalling £7,500.
Each entrant makes a tailored outfit for first stage judging by top bespoke tailors. Marks are awarded for technical skill – design, cutting and tailoring.
The 25 entrants with the highest marks go forward to the gala catwalk show at Merchant Taylors’ Hall. At this prestigious event finalists’ garments are shown by professional catwalk models to an audience from the City, fashion, tailoring and education worlds. A panel of five VIP judges mark the garments for style.
The Golden Shears and £3000 are awarded to the entrant with the highest total of marks in both stages of the competition. The runner-up receives Silver Shears and £2500, and a ‘Rising Star’ wins Silver Shears and £2000.