Savile Row Mourns the Loss of Edward Sexton, the Visionary Behind Iconic Menswear Creations

…By for TDPel Media. Yesterday began like any other typical day, with a dose of strong coffee and the usual dilemma of choosing the perfect outfit.

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Knowing I had a packed schedule filled with meetings and calls, I sought a sense of control.

I reached into my wardrobe and donned one of my bespoke Edward Sexton jackets, instantly feeling ready to face whatever challenges the day had in store.

Farewell to a Tailoring Legend

However, amidst the hustle and bustle, the news of Edward Sexton’s passing at the age of 80 left me stunned.

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Edward Sexton, the renowned tailor and my dear friend, was an iconic figure in the world of fashion.

For those unfamiliar with his legacy, here’s a brief overview.

The Journey of a Trailblazer

Born in Dagenham in 1942, Edward’s journey into the world of fashion began as a commis waiter at The Waldorf Hotel.

Captivated by the elegantly dressed clientele, he decided to pursue an apprenticeship as a tailor.

Edward quickly established himself as a skilled cutter and found his way to Donaldson, Williams, and Ward, a prestigious establishment on Savile Row.

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It was there that he crossed paths with Tommy Nutter, a well-connected salesman, and together, they embarked on a venture that would forever change men’s fashion.

The Birth of Nutters of Savile Row

Edward and Tommy, driven by their disdain for conventional business suits, started creating flamboyant outfits for private clients.

Their unique style featured big shoulders, cinched-in waists, super wide lapels, and generously wide trousers, attracting the attention of Swinging London.

With funding from Cilla Black and Beatles manager Peter Brown, Nutters of Savile Row opened its doors on Valentine’s Day 1969, stunning the traditionalists and ushering in a new era of bold and audacious fashion.

Dressing Legends and Making History

Edward’s influence extended to dressing some of the biggest icons of the time.

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From crafting the suits for Mick Jagger and Bianca’s wedding to inspiring Elton John’s far-out style, Edward left an indelible mark on the fashion world.

His clientele included the likes of John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Paul McCartney, Twiggy, Bowie, Jarvis Cocker, and Bobby Gillespie, solidifying his reputation as a master of menswear, revolutionizing it with each passing decade.

The Edward Sexton Experience

For me, Edward’s work was more than just fashion; it was an experience.

The first suit he tailored for me was a three-piece inspired by a Nutters ad featuring Ringo Starr.

The fitting was an unforgettable affair, as Edward’s no-nonsense approach involved rigorous adjustments, no matter if you were a rock star or an everyday individual.

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His craftsmanship was unparalleled, and once you wore one of his creations, you understood why he was hailed as the best in the business.

Special Moments Shared

Over the years, I had the privilege of sharing some treasured moments with Edward.

At the age of 76, I featured him on the cover of a fashion magazine, where he exuded timeless elegance and a playful spirit, thanks to a photogenic trick learned from Bowie.

I also had the honor of presenting Edward with the “Visionary” award at an esteemed event, where his family and dedicated team were present.

Although he rarely showed it, I could tell he was moved by the recognition.

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On that memorable night, we stood side by side, and I heard him quietly whisper Bowie’s mantra, “Sex and champagne forever.”

Conclusion

Edward Sexton’s impact on the world of fashion is immeasurable.

He was not just a tailor but a visionary who challenged conventions and transformed menswear into an art form.

As we bid farewell to this remarkable individual, we celebrate his legacy, forever inspired by his artistry, dedication, and passion for the craft.

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