BBC Sewing Bee: The highlights of Patrick and Esme’s careers, from Bridget Jones costumes to designing for Cher
The Great British Sewing Bee is back on TV screens for its seventh series.
The show, which airs on BBC One, sees 12 amateur tailors and seamstresses tested each week by creating garments according to the given theme.
Resident Judges Patrick Grant and Esme Young judge contestants in a format similar to the Great British Bake Off as contestants face three sets of challenges in each episode.
As the weeks go by, we learn more and more about the candidate, but what do we know about two judges?
Well, we’re about to spill all the tea on the two judges from the awards they’ve won to the celebrities they designed for.
Patrick Grant, 48, is a Scottish fashion designer and director of bespoke tailoring Norton & Sons of Savile Row, E. Tautz & Sons, Community Clothing and textile manufacturer Cookson & Clegg.
He is best known for his role as judge for The Great British Sewing Bee for which he won a nomination at the National Television Awards 2017.
Patrick served as a judge on the show for 8 years, but has several other incredible accomplishments to his name.
Throughout his ten-year fashion career, Patrick has contributed to several television documentaries, including Savile Row, Harris Tweed and The Perfect Suit.
He had quit a career in engineering in 2005 and took over the management of Norton & Sons – a well-known tailor from Savile Row. Patrick worked his magic at the tailor and was able to triple his clients in just six years.
There he racked up various accolades, including Retailer of the Year at the 2008 Scottish Fashion Awards.
In 2010, Patrick also won the Menswear Designer of the Year award at the British Fashion Awards.
Five years later, the designer received the BFC / GQ Designer Menswear Fund for his work on the E. Tautz brand, which he relaunched in 2009.
Esme Young, 72, is one of two judges for BBC One’s Great British Sewing Bee.
She joined the salon in 2016 after a successful 50-year career in fashion.
In the 1970s, Esme opened a fashion store in Camden with four other women called “Swanky Modes” – she was only 21 at the time.
Their clothes have appeared in magazines and newspapers such as Vogue, Nova, Honey, 19, ID, The Face, Boulevard, Interview, The Sunday Times, Express, Mail, and the V&A Little Black Dress Book.
The store has a large clientele of celebrities from Cher to Princess Julia to Grace Jones.
Not only that, Esme has also worked as a costume designer on major movies.
In fact, the designer was behind the bunny outfit Renée Zellweger wore in Bridget Jones’ diary as well as Leonardo DiCaprio’s shift in The Beach.
While judging on the BBC One program, Esme also works as a senior lecturer teaching fashion at Central St Martin’s College London.
The Great British Sewing Bee airs on BBC One Wednesday at 9 p.m. ET.