Sarah Wilkinson

1993 QEST Scholar - Gold embroidery

When Sarah left school in 1983 aged 16 she decided to follow her passion for sewing and wrote to numerous tailors in the West End to ask for work. Michael Skinner of Dege & Skinner, one of the oldest, continually operated bespoke tailoring services in the world, offered her an apprenticeship and she has worked for the company ever since. 

During her five year apprenticeship Sarah went to Moseley & Pounsford in Portsmouth to learn about naval uniforms and attended courses on cutting and tailoring at the London College of Fashion. A QEST Scholarship in 1993 enabled her to study metal thread embroidery at the Royal School of Needlework at Hampton Court Palace. 

A highlight of Sarah’s career was making the frockcoats worn by HRH Prince Harry and his four page boys when he married Meghan Markle in 2018. 

Every day of my job is different and even after 36 years there is always something new. I’ve been doing red silk facings this week which I’ve never done before, and last year I created the first two Lady Yeomen uniforms for the Queen’s Bodyguard of the Yeomen of the Guard.

QEST Sanderson Rising Star Craft Award

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