Savile Row

So, today there were two big events but, the one most important to me is in the title of the post but, I will return to that in a bit. Last night we saw the incredible production of The Book of Mormon . This morning the star of that show Gavin Creel came to speak with our students and I must say he was amazing in the production but, he was just as amazing talking with the students. We met with another group from Ohio State since they are here doing the same thing. Christina is an old high school friend of his so that’s how we got him. He was charming and spoke eloquently to the controversies surrounding the show and addressed the concerns of some students who felt uncomfortable with the content.  All in all a very good session.

After class, while Christina took him out for lunch, I grabbed a sandwich, got some laundry done and mapped out my plan for the next two weeks.

When she returned, we didn’t have a lot of time so, I proposed a trip to Savile Row. That is the street where the top tailors in London work, and attract some of the wealthiest and most known clientele.  The is essentially Mecca for me. I can’t really go into the shops but just being on the street was really cool. After walking up andmback down, I was content. The suits in the windows were beautiful and I even was able to see I to one of the workshops below street level. (See picture below) We went back up the street and across Regent Street to Liberty Department Store. Vikki tells me it is the oldest department store in London,  also expensive. It was and really great. The woodwork alone was amazing with wooden elevators.  The first room we entered was essentially scarves and there was a table with plastic bins full of scarves on sale marked – £100 or less. We wandered around and explored. Sorry no pictures – didn’t seem appropriate.

Tonight’s play we attended was outside London proper again at the Tricycle Theatre entitled The Colby Sisters of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It was, in a word, overrated. I felt the writing was greatly lacking and while the actors did well, they were encumbered by a script with no plot and the characters weren’t interesting enough for it to be a good character study. They were, for the most part one dimensional.  The set worked well in the space but, the costumes missed the mark. In the small intimate theatre you could see how cheap the fabrics were and the designs were not based in any kind of fashion reality.

Gavin Creel speaks with our students.

Gavin Creel speaks with our students.

Me in front of Maurice Sedwell tailors - you can find them on line at www.savilerowtailor.com

Me in front of Maurice Sedwell tailors – you can find them on line at www.savilerowtailor.com

My Mecca - Savile Row, London

My Mecca – Savile Row, London

A workshop in the basement of one of the tailor store fronts. You can see a pair of trousers on the cutting table near the front.

A workshop in the basement of one of the tailor store fronts. You can see a pair of trousers on the cutting table near the front.

Dior at the end of Saville Row

Dior at the end of Saville Row