The Judges

Image courtesy of Love Productions

Image courtesy of Love Productions

Esme Young

Esme is one part of BBC Two’s Great British Sewing Bee much-loved judging duo, joining the show in 2016. Esme, along with four passionate women about fashion, opened a London based shop called ‘Swanky Modes’ in the ’70s. Their clothes appeared in magazines and newspapers including Vogue, Nova, Honey, 19, ID, The Face, Boulevard, Interview, The Sunday Times, Express, Mail, and the V&A Little Black Dress Book. Swanky Modes’ clothing was photographed by renowned photographers such as Helmut Newton, David Bailey, Nick Knight, John Swannell, Neil Kirk. The iconic shop attracts a diverse clientele and has been visited by Julie Christie, Toyah Wilcox, Princess Julia, Midge Ure, Bette Bright, Viv Albertine, and Grace Jones.


 Patrick Grant

Patrick is a regular on television and radio as a commentator on the British fashion, clothing and textile industries. He has been a contributor to several major television documentaries including Savile Row, Harris Tweed, and The Perfect Suit, but is best known for his role in The Great British Sewing Bee, for which he earned a 2017 National Television Awards nomination.

Julie Bonnar