Talks & Events


Free* | Louise Dahl-Wolfe Photography Highlights Tour

Wednesdays and Fridays | 1pm

Join one of the Museum team to take a trip through the highlights of the exhibition Louise Dahl-Wolfe: A Style of her Own.

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Fashion Illustration with Jason Brooks – New York Sketchbook

Thursday 26 October | 6-8pm

Explore modern-day New York through the eyes of artist Jason Brooks and discuss the importance of keeping a sketchbook in the 21st century.

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Louise Dahl-Wolfe’s Women – Three Lives

Thursday 2 November | 6–8pm

Taking three of Dahl-Wolfe’s most important muses and lifelong friends — Liz Gibbons in the 1930s, Betty Threatt in the 1940s, and Mary Jane Russell in the 1950s — this talk will explore how notions of beauty changed across the photographer’s long career

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British Textile Design with Wallace Sewell

Thursday 9 November | 6–8pm

Join Harriet Wallace-Jones and Emma Sewell to discuss the Wallace Sewell Studio approach to colour, collaboration, and creating textiles for fashion and furnishings in the 21st century.

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Fashion Conversations: GOAT founder Jane Lewis

Thursday 16 November | 6–8pm

Hear what it takes to launch and sustain a truly British fashion brand in the 21st century at this talk to coincide with the Louise Dahl-Wolfe exhibition.

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Couture Inside Out – 1950s Paris and London

Wednesday 22 November | 2pm-3:30pm

Join Curator Dennis Nothdruft for an up-close and intimate look at key highlights from the Fashion and Textile Museum Collection.

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Post-War Fashion Illustration

Thursday 23 November | 6–8pm

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.

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Free* | A Way Ahead – Ethical Khadi

Friday 24 November | 11:30am

Join experts from the Khadi UK initiative for this revealing talk and explore the potential of Khadi as an ethical and environmentally sustainable fabric.

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Vintage Costume Jewellery

Thursday 30 November | 6–8pm

Discover vintage costume jewellery, what to look for, where to find it, and how to restore it with expert collector Liz Wilson.

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The Dress Detective

Thursday 7 December | 6–8pm

Fancy combining a passion for fashion with Sherlock Holmes detective skills? Fashion is now being used as a key tool for reading historical evidence and dating photographs.

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Posin’ Family Dance Class

Thursday 28 December / 10.45am or 12noon

Learn how to strike a pose along with some basic jazz steps from the 1930s in this fun, one hour taster class for families.

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A-posin’ and A-strollin’ Dance Class

Saturday 6 January / 10.45am or 12noon

Join jazz dancer, Nikki Santilli, in a one-hour class to learn a classic Stroll from the 1950s. Social crazes of the rock ‘n’ roll era, strolls were enjoyed by everyone and a great way to socialise and strut your stuff!

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