AHOY ME HEARTIES!
Nautical Chic is finally out! As we set sail upon the Good Ship Nautical, it’s time to batten down the hatches and lay aside the endless maritime puns as I’ve teamed up with my former employer and spiritual home Beyond Retro to bring you an extra special Nautical Chic collection of vintage pieces. Shop now for bell bottoms, sailor-collar blouses, brocade-trimmed naval jackets, anchor motif dresses and STRIPES! (And men fear not, your nautical edit is here!)
I also had a chat with them about writing the book, and why Lowestoft fishergirls are my ultimate style inspo. Read about it here.
As part of the collaboration I’ll be doing an instore talk at Beyond Retro Dalston on 22nd April at 7pm, looking at the relationship between maritime dress and fashion. You can get your FREE tickets HERE!
And if that wasn’t enough, we are running the nautical competition to end all nautical competitions! THE AWESOME PRIZES: a signed copy of Nautical Chic, a pair of ferry tickets with Red Funnel to the Isle of Wight, weekend accommodation with Vintage Vacations (worth up to £285), a bottle of Sailor Jerry rum, and a Beyond Retro nautical goodie bag. Shiver me timbers, what’s not to love?! To win you just have to answer one simple question by 14th April. ENTER HERE!
All clothes from Beyond Retro (of course), including the 1950s Mary Maxim pirate cardigan on the right that features in Nautical Chic, expertly modelled by my other half Rob Flowers
Sticking with the seafaring theme (obvs), on April 28th at 6.30pm join me and Dr Matt Lodder for Nautical but Nice at the Museum of Curiosities. I will be chatting all things sailor-style, followed by tattoo historian Dr Matt Lodder. Matt is an Art Historian at the University of Essex who specialises in the history of tattooing as an artistic practice. His research challenges preconceptions of body modification and uncovers little-known histories of the practice in Victorian Britain and beyond. In this talk, ‘Not Just For Sailors,’ Matt will be exploring the history of tattoos in high society and the deep roots of a very familiar cliché. TICKETS and info HERE
Matt Lodder; Le négligé galant ornés de la coéffure à la Belle-Poule, 1778. Image Courtesy Bibliothèque nationale de France
As I may have mentioned, Nautical Chic IS OUT NOW and is available through Foyles, Waterstones and all other good book shops. You may remember it from such publications as Glamour, The Guardian and Stella magazine…
Nautical Chic featured in the editor’s page of May’s Glamour magazine, online at The Guardian & in the Telegraph’s Stella magazine
IN OTHER NEWS…
I was the Listed Londoner on BBC London’s fantastic Robert Elms show. Listen HERE for my top London buildings, my favourite London character and which period of London I would visit if I had a time machine.
You can currently see me at the very brilliant Fashion on the Ration exhibition at the Imperial War Museum, chatting about the fashion legacy of World War Two. The exhibition covers everything from wartime beauty to Utility dress and Make Do and Mend, it’s a must-see show (and not just because it includes my face).
At the Fashion on the Ration exhibition; on the Robert Elms show
Read about my desert island beauty essentials and how I learned my best make-up tips from drag queens at Sali Hughes Beauty.
Read about being a fashion historian, privilege in the arts & my feminist wish for the future at Occupy Me.
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 on Saturdays from 16th May – 6th June, and on consecutive days from Tuesday 28th – Friday 31st July. BOOKING and info HERE.
Until next time, anchors aweigh!