Riccardo Guido was the runner-up in the 2019 series of The Great British Sewing Bee on BBC2. One of the most creative sewers and designers ever seen in the competition, he wowed the judges with garments including a stunning Harris tweed 1970s cropped coat, a sculptural ‘Ode to Bjork’ origami top, both of which won ‘garment of the week’, and a recycled strapless ‘Jellyfish’ ball gown. With his engaging personality and passion for environmental causes, he was also a big hit with the show’s three million viewers.
Born in a small town near Lecce in Puglia, southern Italy, Riccardo remembers the sewing machine as always being part of the family environment. His mum had a love of sewing but he learned to sew only after moving to the UK. Arriving in London in 2005, he started taking classes in sewing and pattern-making in 2010.
An advocate of Reuse, Reduce and Recycle, Riccardo is a firm believer in upcycling and loves visiting charity shops. One of his proudest creations is a bomber jacket he made using the leather from an old sofa he found in the street. His social media handle is ‘Rifallo’, an Italian word meaning ‘do it again’.
Riccardo has a Masters degree in media communications from Goldsmiths University in London and currently works as a multimedia producer. During the past three years he has been involved in the education sector, designing and producing resources to engage primary and secondary school students with humanitarian and environmental issues. He is currently working for a charity that supports people with mental health issue through creative learning.
Following his success on Sewing Bee Riccardo is writing a proposal for a book about sewing and sustainability. He is happy to consider events, demos, brand collaborations and media work in the areas of craft and fashion.
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