Behind the Seams (Hardback)
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Behind the Seams (Hardback)

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Hardback 288 Pages
Published: 14/04/2022

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From the creative whirl of 1970s London to a career crafting costumes for the big screen and fame as a judge on The Great British Sewing Bee, Behind the Seams tells Esme Young's extraordinary life story in her own, perfectly chosen words.

To any self-respecting sewing fan, Esme Young needs no introduction. The diminutive judge of The Great British Sewing Bee has a sharp eye for a wonky seam, and an even sharper eye for a good necklace. Her life, in many ways, is the story of post-war Britain.

Born in 1949, she spent her childhood mostly outside and very much unsupervised. She discovered sewing aged 7, and a passion was born. As a teenager, she made her way to London and Central St Martins, when her life truly began. Living in a squat with other young creatives, Esme made the most of the creative hey day '70s and '80s: watching Notting Hill Carnival with David Bowie, starting a clothing line called Swanky Modes with three friends and 50 quid each. The '90s saw another career move, this one into costumes for films such as Bridget Jones's Diary and The Beach, before she moved onto the small screen herself.

A celebration of a creative life lived differently, Behind the Seams is a reminder that it's never too early, too late or too soon to pick up a needle and start stitching in a new direction...

Publisher: Bonnier Books Ltd
ISBN: 9781788704625
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 515 g
Dimensions: 240 x 162 x 29 mm

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Katy Wheatley

“Autobiography - But Make It Fashion”

I loved this so much.

A love letter to fashion and art and the skills of a pattern cutter. A life well lived and full of female empowerment. From Swanky Modes and its place in fashion history to Sewing Bee and its... More

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“Briming with Love...”

*Thank you to Bonnier publishing for a copy of Behind the Seams in return for an honest review*

Behind the Seams is warm and vibrant. It is brimming with the love of, and for, friends and family, as well as... More

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“A life being well lived!”

I adored this book! I feel like I've spent the weekend chatting to Esme and even been on a few adventures with her. Her voice comes through the pages, loud and clear. Surprising, educational, funny, warm and... More

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