Jeffery Diduch, a forum member, just posted an interesting and informative (to laypeople) discussion of titles and functions in bespoke tailoring as compared to RTW design and manufacturing. It can be found here. At the beginning of his post, he alludes to an Internet debate:
"There is a discussion going on in another part of the internet and a question was asked which someone felt I may be able to answer. I would rather not wade in to that mess of a discussion, but the question still deserves a bit of an answer. For serious clothing nerds only.
"The question revolves around job titles in men’s tailored clothing, a business which is, in some respects, stuck in a bit of a time warp. I know a person who was deeply insulted by another colleague who called him a “patternmaker”, despite the fact that he does, in fact, make patterns. “Paper cutter” and “calzolaio” (shoemaker) are other, similarly pointed, epithets in the tailoring trade. To understand, we have to back up about 150 years. ..."
Does anyone have a link to the referenced discussion? I'm just enough of a serious clothing nerd to be interested.