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Biography: James Sherwood

Author, curator and broadcaster James Sherwood is a charming and erudite speaker on fashion and luxury.

Author, curator and broadcaster James Sherwood is the author of Savile Row: The Master Tailors of Savile Row and Fashion at Royal Ascot: Three Centuries of Thoroughbred Style. The former was launched in Toronto at The Hudson Bay Trading Company, at Old England in Paris and at the Savoy in London. The latter was launched in Paris at an event with Sotheby's and in London at Heywood Hill hosted by the Duke of Devonshire.

He has written about fashion, bespoke tailoring and the diamond business for over twenty years for titles such as the Financial Times, the International Herald Tribune and the Independent on Sunday and is now Editor-at-Large of Singapore-based bible of men's elegance The Rake.

In 2006, James was commissioned to curate the first major retrospective of over two centuries of Savile Row tailoring - The London Cut - which was shown for a month at the Palazzo Pitti in Florence before travelling to the British Ambassadors' Residences in Paris and Tokyo. The London Cut was published in 2007.

His first book Models Close-Up was written in conjunction with David Bailey for a major C4 documentary about the history of modelling.

James curated the Archive Room at No 1 Savile Row for Gieves & Hawkes with the last of the Gieve family Mr Robert Gieve; showing the Archive to HRH the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall's visit to the house in 2009. He is now working with the founding father of Savile Row, Henry Poole & Co, to catalogue and restore over 150 of the house's historic customer ledgers and works with Savile Row and Jermyn Street houses Hardy Amies, Anderson & Sheppard, Turnbull & Asser and Huntsman on special projects.

As an Ambassador for the Savoy Hotel he curates the Savoy Museum, inaugurated on 10.10.10. by HRH the Prince of Wales. He also acquired art, antiques and libraries for nine of the Savoy's Signature Suites named after famous guests such as Noel Coward, Winston Churchill and Maria Callas. A book in conjunction with the Savoy is in production for publication in 2012.

He has written and edited the Louis Vuitton Guide to London for eight consecutive years.

Between 2004 and 2010, James was the BBC's fashion critic at Royal Ascot. He was a guest of BBC News at the Royal Wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. He has appeared on a number of BBC documentaries including a three one-hour Savile Row series syndicated world wide and also BBC2 series British Style Genius. He has also appeared on The One Show, Richard & Judy, BBC Breakfast and Sky.

James is currently working on a new Thames & Hudson title Handmade in England: Quality, Craft & Excellence.

His online diary Letters from Bloomsbury Square - a satirical look at the high life in London - now has 10,000 readers per month.

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Author, curator and broadcaster James Sherwood is a charming and erudite speaker on fashion and luxury.

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