Missing [in Action] 2013

Henry Poole & Co Archive
Saville Row, London W1

Researching the archive of Savile Row custom bespoke tailors Henry Poole, Bailey inquired to the whereabouts of their paper tailor's patterns from World War I. Within old ledgers the poignant words 'Dead' were found to be frequently inscribed over the measurement notes of clients, many of whom were killed in action.

Angus Cundy, who runs the family business on Savile Row told Bailey that sadly he had "actioned a clear out of these paper patterns" in the 1980s. 
Bailey has produced a new image - Missing [in action] 2013 that reflects this and other unforgettable stories of loss.

Henry Poole & Co, Founders of Savile Row and Royal Warrant holders are exhibiting items from their bespoke archive at 15 Savile Row, London in September 2013. The exhibition 'The Art of Bespoke Tailoring and Wool Cloth' opens at the, Fashion & Textiles Gallery, The Bowes Museum, 21 September 2013 - 11th May 2014.

All artwork and images © Veronica Bailey 2024.