This month, join me for a night of politics and fashion at the Museum of Curiosities in Hackney on June 16th at 6.30pm. Fashion is often dismissed as superficial and ephemeral, but we’ll be looking at the economics and politics behind the glamour with author and campaigner Tansy Hoskins, and Terry Charman, historian of Fashion on the Ration at the Imperial War Museum.
Tansy Hoskins’ book Stitched Up: The Anti-Capitalist Book of Fashion was published in 2014 to great acclaim, winning the ICA Bookshop’s Book of the Year and is currently shortlisted for the 2015 Bread & Roses Award for Radical Publishing. Tansy will be moving from Karl Lagerfeld to Karl Marx, delving into the alluring world of fashion to explore consumerism, class, and garment factories to reveal the real beneficiaries of exploitation. The Fashion on the Ration exhibition at the Imperial War Museum London shows that fashion not only survived but also flourished during wartime. Imperial War Museum historian Terry Charman will be discussing items on display and telling the story of how Britain engaged with alternative economies of clothing, from the rationing system to Make Do and Mend and the standardised, centralised production of the Utility Clothing scheme.
And don’t forget, Riviera Style at the Fashion & Textile Museum is now open! Head there to see fashion at its most fun from the British seaside to the Côte d’Azur and California. And while you’re there don’t miss my Nautical Chic display! You will find nautical fashion plates and photoshoots, naval uniforms and seaside ephemera all hand-picked by yours truly to illustrate the timeless appeal of maritime style. Don’t miss it!
In exciting news, we (the Broken Hearts) are DJing at the launch of the Shoes: Pleasure & Pain exhibition at the V&A. The show looks at extremes of footwear around the globe, from Ancient Egypt to the present day. For insider info on the show, be sure to join me at my Shoes from Sport to Sex evening at the Museum of Curiosities. Tickets are here.
In other exciting news, Nautical Chic is now available across north America! It’s officially out Stateside through Abrams Books. Anchors aweigh!
I was very pleased to speak at the Disseminating Dress conference at the University of York. The conference explored how ideas and knowledge about dress have been communicated throughout history, and I spoke on the influence of Hollywood costume on London fashion in the early 1930s. So I took the opportunity to dress like Ruby Keeler:
Finally, if you or anyone you know is keen to brush up on fashion history, I’m teaching a couple of short courses at London College of Fashion over the summer. Fashion History: The Evolution of Style covers the key moments in fashion history and theory over 200 years, from the French Revolution through to the 1990s. And you also get a copy of my first book! It’s running from Tuesday 28th – Friday 31st July, and Tuesday 1st – Friday 4th September. BOOKING and info HERE.