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Refuge Britain: Designers at work

A special viewing of a new documentary film that explores the impact of German-speaking refugees on textile and graphic design in Britain from the 1930s, when they arrived through the post-war years. The viewing will be followed by a Q&A with the Director Robert Sternberg and Anna Nyburg from Imperial College.

Refuge Britain: Designers at Work explores the lives and work of three refugees to Britain from Nazism: Hans Schleger (graphic designer), Elisabeth Tomalin (print designer) and Tibor Reich (textile designer) as well as of one contemporary refugee, the Pakistani textile designer Salah ud Din.

Their stories are told through interviews with the children and grandchildren of these designers who consider what the designers brought with them: their education, their culture, their experience? What was the cost to them of fleeing the Holocaust or persecution in their homeland? What influence did the designers have on those interviewed, who include the designer Thomas Heatherwick and the entrepreneur Sam Reich and what was their legacy? Their experience is contextualised through contemporary clips of wartime Britain and the post-war period when British design flourished, now enriched by an injection of Continental talent.

The film is a collaboration between Dr Anna Nyburg of Imperial College London, author of ‘From Leipzig to London: The Life and Work of the Émigré Artist Hellmuth Weissenborn’, Oak Knoll (2012) and ‘Emigres: The Transformation of Art Publishing in Britain’, Phaidon, (2014) and the film director Dr Robert Sternberg, Senior Lecturer in Science Communication at Imperial College London. He also has a flourishing freelance filmmaking career, most recently as editor of the highly acclaimed feature documentary, “Fear of Thirteen” (2016).

This event starts at 6pm with a glass of wine in the Museum foyer. The film will begin at 6.15pm in the Fashion Studio and lasts for approximately 45 minutes followed by a 15 minute Q&A session. Ticket includes admission to the exhibition and guests are welcome to view this before or after the talk.

Price £15 / £12 students includes a complimentary drink and exhibition entry.

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Louise Dahl-Wolfe: Style and Colour

Image: Harper’s Bazaar Cover, June 1953.
Jean Patchett Fashion: Shorts and short square jacket by Clare Potter at the Alhambra, Spain.
Photograph by Louise Dahl-Wolfe
©1989 Center for Creative Photography, Arizona Board of Regents.
Courtesy: Terence Pepper Collection

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Post-War Fashion Illustration

A Genre Rediscovered

Fashion Illustration is back in vogue. To coincide with the Louise Dahl-Wolfe photography exhibition, come and meet the fashion illustrators who graced the front covers and pages of the international fashion press during the post-war period. From the elegance of Gruau, Bouché and Erickson to the dynamism of Antonio Lopez and Kenneth Paul Block, their drawings brought to life the work of Dior, Balenciaga and Yves Saint Laurent. At the same time, these illustrators enhanced the fortunes of Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar plus leading department stores including Liberty, Printemps, Saks 5th Avenue and Bergdorf Goodman through their masterful strokes.

The astonishing talents of these great masters are now celebrated as the missing school of 20th century art and inspire today’s leading fashion illustrators as fashion illustration once again features internationally as a key communicator of fashion interpretation. Through this fascinating talk the work of these 20th and 21st century masters will be brought to life.

Connie Gray is at the forefront of promoting the importance of fashion illustration through lectures and exhibitions held by Gray M.C.A in London, Palm Beach and New York annually. Gray M.C.A was invited to hold an exclusive preview of their 2017 New York ‘Drawing on Style’ Exhibition on board the Cunard Flagship ‘Queen Mary 2’ for their Transatlantic Fashion Week crossing attended by Julian Macdonald, Iris Apfel & Colin McDowell MBE.

The event starts at 6pm with a glass of wine in the Museum foyer and opportunity to view the current exhibition Louise Dahl-Wolfe. The talk follows at 6.15pm for 6.20pm in the Fashion Studio and lasts for approximately one hour including an opportunity to ask questions. Ticket includes admission to the exhibition and guests are welcome to view this before or after the talk.

Price £15 / £12 students includes a complimentary drink and exhibition entry.

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Numbers are limited for this event, please book early to avoid disappointment. If you have any questions about this event please complete our enquiry form.

Image Left: Antonio Lopez (1943 – 1987) Red Legs, Harpers Bazaar Red Story 1967, Pastel, Felt Tip & Charcoal on Paper, signed, 61 x 45.5 cms. Image Right: Kenneth Paul Block (1924 – 2009) Runway, Felt Tip on Paper, 23.75 x 18.5 in

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