The sixth season of The Great British Sewing Bee premiered last night (Wednesday, April 22) on BBC Two. Every Wednesday for the next 10 weeks, viewers will watch 12 amateur sewers try to impress the show’s judges but who are the judges and who presents the show? Express.co.uk has everything you need to know.
Who are The Great British Sewing Bee’s judges?
Esme Young is a British Fashion Designer from Bedfordshire, England.
She joined The Great British Sewing Bee as a judge in 2016.
Esme, along with four other women, opened a store in Camden, London in the 1970s named Swanky Modes.
Their clothes were an immediate hit with customers and their items went onto appear in numerous magazines and newspapers including Vogue, ID, Interview, The Daily Express, The Sunday Times, The Mail and V&A Little Black Dress Book.
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Swanky Modes has been a favourite of notable figures including Julie Christie, Toyah Wilcox, Princess Julia, Midge Ure, Cher, Bette Bright, Viv Albertine, and Grace Jones since it opened in the 1970s.
The brand’s clothing has also been photographed by renowned photographers such as Helmut Newton, David Bailey, Nick Knight, John Swannel and Neil Kirk.
Young has designed items for high profile campaigns including Levi’s, Boots No 7, Marlborough, De Beers, Pretty Polly tights, Max Factor, Yardley and Rimmel.
Young has also created costumes for iconic films. Most famously, she was the brains and hands behind Renée Zellweger’s famous ‘bunny girl’ outfit in Bridget Jones’s Diary.
Her other film credits include Trainspotting, The Beach, Code 46, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas and A Monster Calls.
Today, she spends her time presenting, sewing and working as a senior lecturer in pattern cutting at Central St Martin’s College.
Speaking to Yours.co.uk ahead of the new series, Young said: “Sewing Bee is making people realise that you can do it yourself.
“You can see it’s achievable. You don’t have to rely on shops. If you’re unhappy with what’s in stores, you can think: ‘I’ll do it myself.’ And you can put your own personality on what you wear. I’m sure the programmes will be quite inspirational.”
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Patrick Grant is a Scottish fashion designer and television and radio commentator on the British fashion industry.
He specialises in not only fashion but the clothing and textile industries.
Grant has been a judge on The Great British Sewing Bee since the show began in 2013.
Fashion fans may recognise him from the major television documentaries including Savile Row, Harris Tweed, and The Perfect Suit.
For his role as a judge on The Great British Sewing Bee, he earned a 2017 National Television Awards nomination.
In 2005, Grant left his career in engineering and took over as Director at Savile Row tailor Norton & Sons, for which he won Retailer of the Year at the 2008 Scottish Fashion Awards.
In December 2010 he won the Menswear Designer of the Year award at the British Fashion Awards, and in May 2015 he was awarded the BFC/ GQ Designer Menswear Fund – both for his work on menswear brand E. Tautz, which he re-launched in 2009.
Grant also writes regularly for the British editions fo GQ and Esquire Magazines.
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Who is the host of The Great British Sewing Bee?
Joe Lycett is the host of The Great British Sewing Bee.
Lycett is an award-winning stand-up comedian, having sold out numerous UK and Ireland tours, scooping two Chortle Awards and an Edinburgh Comedy Award nomination for his comedy.
Viewers may also recognise him for his regular appearances on Sunday Brunch, 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown, Would I Lie To You?, Taskmaster and Roast Battle.
He is also the face of the new BBC One Saturday night show The Time It Takes and has his own Channel 4 series, Joe Lycett’s Got Your Back.
The Great British Sewing Bee airs Wednesdays at 9pm on BBC Two
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