Newsflash: Theatre of Fashion at the V&A – Bowie Weekender

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*TICKETS NOW LIMITED*

The theatre is a wonderful place, a house of strange enchantment, a temple of illusion    – Noel Coward

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I’m pleased to announce the next date of the Theatre of Fashion In Conversation series at the V&A will be Sunday April 28th at 3pm as part of the V&A’s Bowie Weekender. *Please note the new location: Seminar Room 1, V&A Sackler Centre*

David Bowie has been a perennial influence on the worlds of fashion and performance. I will be talking to former arts journalist and specialist in Japanese culture, Helene Thian, who completed her Masters degree at London College of Fashion with a thesis on Japonism in fashion in the 1960s and 1970s, focusing on the Japan-inspired collaboration between Lindsay Kemp and David Bowie and later costuming by designer Kansai Yamamoto for Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust.

A former speaker at the Costume Society and the first David Bowie Symposium in Ireland last year, Helene’s research was used by the V&A to inform aspects of the ‘David Bowie is’ exhibition. The discussion will focus on her research, looking at the designs of Kansai Yamamoto and the theatre of Lindsay Kemp, especially the influence of Kabuki theatre and Japanese costume and how these were articulated in Bowie’s performances, affecting and reflecting gender binaries, the relationship between East and West, and Japonism in fashion as a whole.

If you’re unable to attend you can still get involved, as the event will be broadcast as a video and podcast on TheatreVOICE – the leading online audio resource for British theatre.

I hope you can make it along!

Theatre of Fashion In Conversation… with Helene Thian: Bowie Weekender
Sunday 28th April, 3pm, FREE but you must reserve a space: please email amber@theatreoffashion.co.uk TICKETS now limited
Seminar Room 1, V&A Sackler Centre
, V&A, Cromwell Road, London SW7 2RL

BowieKansai Yamamoto designs for David Bowie

About Amber Jane

Amber Butchart is a fashion historian working across cultural heritage, broadcasting and academia. She has contributed to numerous productions for the BBC, Sky Arts and Channel 4, from Making History and Woman’s Hour to Great British Sewing Bee, and she presents a regular ‘In Conversation’ series at the V&A museum covering areas from Shakespeare to David Bowie. Her latest book 'Nautical Chic' is the first ever book to chart the history of high style on the high seas - looking at the influence of maritime dress and history on our wardrobes - and has been featured everywhere from Grazia and Glamour to The Telegraph, The Guardian and CNN. She is an Associate Lecturer in Cultural & Historical Studies at London College of Fashion, and has given public talks as far afield as Dubai and Ukraine. Shot by Vogue as a girl with great British style, her interest in antique clothing was ignited by working as Head Buyer for vintage clothing company Beyond Retro, and for 5 years she was a regular contributor to leading trend analysis company WGSN. She has also worked with top brands such as GHD, TK Maxx and YSL Beauté, providing her historical expertise on their public campaigns. As the red-haired half of the Radio Academy Award-nominated DJ duo The Broken Hearts, she has graced stages across the globe for the likes of Marc Jacobs, Vivienne Westwood and Louis Vuitton, and has co-presented weekly shows for Jazz FM and QRadio. A former Research Fellow at the University of the Arts London, Amber is regularly asked to speak on fashion and cultural history, and has done so at the Institute for Contemporary Arts, British Museum, Royal Academy, British Library, Wellcome Collection, Design Museum, British Film Institute, and is a regular on the SHOWstudio fashion week panels. She is a member of the Royal Historical Society and the Association of Dress Historians.
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