Fashion Design students impress Savile Row’s clothsurgeon founder Rav Matharu

09 May 2022

Final year BA (Hons) Fashion Design student Rebeca Pollan Turner has been announced as the winner of the 2022 clothsurgeon competition.

Students were asked to submit a live brief in collaboration with Leeds Arts University alumnus Rav Matharu, the CEO & Creative Director behind the menswear brand clothsurgeon, the first ever bespoke streetwear store on Savile Row.

Students were asked to design a four-outfit collection focused towards the Men’s, Women’s or a Gender-neutral market for Autumn / Winter 2022, including at least one coat or Jacket. 

The final portfolio brief submissions were shortlisted down to 10 and judged by Rav Matharu. 

Image: Winner Rebeca Pollan Turner's clothsurgeon submission. 

Image: Winner Rebeca Pollan Turner's clothsurgeon submission. 

Winner Rebeca Pollan Turner will have her garment made up by the clothsurgeon team utilising Rav’s fabric store in their East London studio. The piece will be photographed for the clothsurgeon website and Rebeca will receive the profit from any sales. Rebeca will also have the opportunity to visit the clothsurgeon studio to see her design being created.

Nicola Knight, Course Leader BA (Hons) Fashion said:

“We are really pleased to be collaborating with Rav Matharu, as an alumni it has been so inspiring for our students to see what Rav has achieved with the launch of his clothsurgeon flagship store on Saville Row.

There was an extensive range of ideas produced by our final year students with the finalists Jade Tran and Jade Nicholson also demonstrating a strong understanding of the brand identity.

Congratulations to winner Rebeca who's work responded well to clothsurgeon's tailoring/streetwear aesthetic, it is very exciting to see her design brought to life over the next few months.”

Winner Rebeca Pollan Turner said:

"The brief for clothsurgeon was great to work on, it was a challenge researching into the history, ethos and customer of clothsurgeon. Ultimately, I got inspired by Rav's recent achievement of opening a new store on Saville Row. Researching into the rich history of this street and its deep roots in tailoring, I thought it fitting to sketch vintage sewing machines and use these as a print throughout the collection.

I'm very grateful that we had the chance to participate in this exciting brief and honoured to be able to work with Rav and his team in London over the summer. This will be a great experience that I will take with me and remember forever."

Fellow BA (Hons) Fashion Design students Jade Tran and Jade Nicholson were chosen as finalists.

clothsurgeon combines high end tailoring with a streetwear aesthetic and has earned a global following that includes Kendrick Lamar, A$AP Rocky, Drake; sports stars like Formula One world champion Sir Lewis Hamilton and has included collaborations with Coca-Cola, Nike and Selfridges.

Image: Finalist Jade Tran's clothsurgeon submission. 

Image: Finalist Jade Nicholson's clothsurgeon submission.