Esme Young | Behind the Seams

Sat 19 Nov 2022 | 10:00am - 11:00am

Esme Young
Esme Young
Esme Young - Behind the Seams
Alex Clark

Prestigious judge of the BBC’s The Great British Sewing Bee, Esme Young, joins us to share the story of her creatively adventurous life.

Esme’s is, in many ways, the story of post-war Britain. Born in 1949, she spent her childhood mostly outside and 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 heyday ’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. 

Don’t miss Esme in conversation with writer and broadcaster Alex Clark, and remember that it’s never too early, too late or too soon to pick up a needle and start stitching in a new direction.

Venue: Cambridge Union

Duration: 1hr

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Author Biography

Esme Young is a renowned English fashion designer. Esme, born February 1949 in Bedfordshire, has enjoyed an impressive sewing career for over 50 years and started sewing at just seven years old, making her own outfits for events. She now works as a senior lecturer teaching fashion at Central St Martin’s College and Is a judge on the BBC’s The Great British Sewing Bee. 

Chair Biography

Alex Clark is a broadcaster and journalist, who writes for the Guardian, the Observer, and the Times Literary Supplement. She is a professional chairperson and has appeared at Cheltenham, Hay and the Southbank Centre, as well as appearing on BBC Radio 4, the Graham Norton Book Club for Audible and the TLS podcast. Alex is a festival honorary patron.