Whilst I’m still researching all things nautical for the current book I’m working on, I’m excited to say that a small book I put together earlier this year is being launched to coincide with London Fashion Week in February 2014. The Fashion Miscellany is a treasury of tips, trivia and stories about the world of style that casts a quizzical eye over fashion’s oddities, revealing the histories of various garments and techniques as well as lists of top fashion films and the digital fashion revolution. And best of all, it’s available for pre-order HERE!
In events coming up, I’m speaking at Raising the Curtain: The History of British Music Hall Study Day at the V&A on Saturday 7th December. The day coincides with the V&A’s current exhibition, Music Halls: Sickert and the Three Graces and covers areas from working women in the Halls from Professor Jacky Bratton, and a look at Music Hall and dance from the V&A’s dance curator Jane Pritchard. I’ll be taking a look at the history of breeches roles, male impersonator Vesta Tilley and Victorian fashion transgression.
More info and tickets here.
Following that, on January 18th I’ll be speaking at a Gothic Style study day at the British Film Institute to coincide with their epic Gothic season of films and events. The programme will cover Gothic costume in cinema and its impact on subcultural style. I’ll be looking at ‘Haute Horror: Death and the Macabre in High Fashion’ from Rodarte, Rick Owens and Alexander McQueen on the catwalk to the Victorian mourning vogue.
More info and tickets here.
I was asked to take part in the Tate: Fashion Meets Art Google hangout on air alongside Miranda Sawyer, the V&A’s Oriole Cullen, blogger Disneyrollergirl and milliner extraordinaire Stephen Jones who fashioned me a hat out of my own shoe in an homage to Surrealist-inspired designer Elsa Schiaparelli. We touched on areas from Pop Art to Impressionism, and creativity vs commerce; you can watch the whole thing HERE:
I hosted a panel with some of the amazing women from the Fabulous Fashionistas documentary that was aired on Channel 4. The panel concluded the Mirror Mirror conference at London College of Fashion that looked at representations of age and ageing in the media; more about the conference here:
I was subsequently asked to chair another panel with the Fab Fashionista women along with director Sue Bourne at Sue Kreitzman‘s Epiphanies Exhibition screening. If you missed it or are looking for ultra-awesome Christmas gifts, DVDs of the documentary are available to buy HERE.
And in more literal news, I was on the news again, discussing Debenhams’ decision to use size 16 mannequins in store and the need for greater diversity in fashion imagery. You can watch it here.
Finally my top tip for autumn is a visit to Somerset House for the Isabella Blow: Fashion Galore! exhibition. Featuring family artifacts alongside pieces from Blow favourites Alexander McQueen and Philip Treacy, the exhibition has been garnering rave reviews and an entire SHOWstudio project gets behind the scenes insight from some of the people involved. With set design by Shona Heath, catalogue shot by Nick Knight and curation in part by Saint Martins’ Alistair O’Neill, it’s a spectacular gesamtkunstwerk of a show that celebrates the sartorial flair of one of the UK’s most loved – and most troubled – fashion icons.
Philip Treacy hat; Isabella and Detmar Blow’s engagement announcement, 1989; Viktor and Rolf autumn 1998 with hat by Philip Tracy, all at Isabella Blow: Fashion Galore!
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