Metropolis: School for fashion
The National Tailoring Academy at Louis Copeland aims to halt the steady decline of Irish tailoring by upskilling a new generation of graduates, writes Ruth O'Connor.
Time was when Ireland was a hive of stitching and sewing activity. Yet, today, anyone in the trade will tell you that, even with a vibrant fashion design college scene, Irish tailoring is a dying art.
According to master tailor Louis Copeland, his workshop is "pretty much the only working bespoke tailoring workroom" left in the country: "It's not like England's Savile Row, where fashion design graduates can get placements to complement their studies."
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