Master Presents Haberdashers' Company Prize at City & Guilds Awards

The Master and the Rt. Hon The Lord Mayor, Alderman Peter Estlin, presenting Matthew Stanley with the Haberdashers' Company Prize of a Gold Medal Award and a cheque for £500. At only 15 years old, Matthew is believed to be one of the youngest ever winners of a City and Guilds award. The award ceremony took place on Monday 11 March at Carptenters' Hall, London.


More About Matthew

Matthew Stanley is a student at Inkberrow Design Centre (IDC), a specialist City & Guilds independent college based in Redditch, Worcs. He has already achieved Level 1 Fashion and Design and Level 2 Millinery and is in the process of working to completing Pattern Cutting, Tailoring and Fashion and Design all at Level 2.

He started attending IDC when he was 11 years old at their after-school programme for Young Designers, and has progressed to a part time day release student there completing City and Guilds qualifications in parallel to his GCSE’s. This day release is not supported financially by his school, so must be privately funded from the family budget. 

At 16 post GCSE’s Matthew intends to complete his further education placements completing his level 3’s/Diplomas at the IDC Centre at his own cost, as it will not be under the normal 16-18 Government funding remit, of Skills funding agency funding, as it is a private college. Matthew also plans to join the local tailors as mentioned below with an unpaid 2 day a week placement.

He is truly passionate about pursuing a career in tailoring and millinery and is in the process of preparing to enter a two-piece suit for The Golden Shears competition which will be invaluable in enabling his aspired future career. To comply with the competition rules, Matthew has to pattern cut a two-piece suit. Matthew is not financially independent and does not wish to utilise inferior materials as a consequence of his age. He really wants to have the best chances of doing well in this world-famous competition with materials to the highest quality with 180 years British Heritage. So he has gained sponsorship of his fabric from Abraham & Moon and Bernstein & Banleys.

Through IDC Matthew has showcased his designs over the past three years at the Birmingham NEC Young Designers Catwalks in the ICHF Fashion Embroidery and textiles show, in March which went on to feature in the Sew Today magazine on three occasions.

His garments have always been received very well by the audiences.

His personal highlight to date though was sharing the catwalk with Zandra Rhodes , international design maker, at the International Quilting Festival where he showcased an up cycled denim patch tail coat and top hat design. He pattern cut and constructed this when he was just 12 to comply with the “All Nations theme”; it represented a modern twist of “President Lincoln”. He is clearly a talented and hardworking student with a bright future ahead of him.