50 years of experienced and applied menswear history: a conversation with London College of Fashion’s teaching legend Alan Cannon Jones
Alan Cannon Jones was my pattern cutting teacher at London College of Fashion (where I studied Fashion Design Technology/menswear).
He turns 70 this Christmas which means his life spans over 5o year of experienced and applied menswear history. This man must not only be the loveliest teacher on this planet but is a walking menswear encyclopedia.
He had spent 22 years in the industry when he was approached by the London College of Fashion where he was a teacher for 29 years and retired in 2012. He still does consultancy work and gives master classes as an associate lecturer.
His formative years were in the 60s which means they coincided with one of the first youth movements that ever happened: mod. It was an era when teenagers had – and that was the news – their own disposable income and started to dress differently from their parents.
Cannon Jones talks us through several decades of menswear history: from his own teenage years to when dressing down became acceptable in the 70s and from a time in the 80s, when (unbelievably) boxy German suits were more fashionable than bespoke tailoring from Savile Row, to the 90s when things became more Italian again (we’re talking Armani’s influence). Plus: his prediction for the future of formal dressing.