Sewing Bee’s Esme Young: Partying with David Bowie and Designing for the Stars


The Great British Sewing Bee returns to TV screens on Wednesday April 27 for its eighth series. The show, now directed by Sara Pascoe, sees amateur seamstresses trying to impress judges Patrick Grant and Esme Young. The latter has been a judge since 2016 but the fashion expert has an impressive 50-year career.

Esme was born in February 1949 in Bedfordshire and started sewing when she was just seven years old. The 73-year-old star, known for his tough but fair judging style, graduated from Central St Martins as a teenager. It was from there that Esme launched her own fashion label, Swanky Modes, with three of her friends. The 1970s collection included clothing including a plastic Mac, a flapper top, and an amorphous dress.

Esme has undoubtedly seen some crazy creations since her debut on the Great British Sewing Bee. The fashion designer, herself, is known for her eccentric fashion sense and was regularly praised by former host Joe Lycett for her show-stopping necklaces.

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From left to right, Esme Young, Sara Pascoe and Patrick Grant

Thanks to Swanky Modes, Esme entered the world of fame and once described how she regularly partied with a young David Bowie and the Sex Pistols. Esme’s own designs would later feature in the Vogue fashion bible.

Perhaps a natural progression for a fashion designer, Esme would later work as a costume designer on films. Films she has worked on include Danny Boyle’s 1990s classics Trainspotting and The Beach, as well as 2001’s Bridget Jones’ Diary.

Speaking of making the Oscar winner Renee’s costume, Esme said TEN“Renee wanted the bunny outfit to be tighter because her character wasn’t skinny. She really wanted cleavage, so the costume lifted her breasts. She could barely sit in it it was so tight. “

Earlier this year, Esme confirmed on her Instagram that she was writing a memoir – Behind the Seams. She said, “Who would have thought I would have a book on me. What’s next?”

The Great British Sewing Bee airs on the BBC on Wednesday April 27 at 8 p.m. It will then be released soon after on BBC iPlayer

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