Talks & Events


Free* | Jazz Age Highlights Tour

1pm every Wednesday and Friday

Join one of the Museum team to see and learn more about the highlights of the current exhibition.

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The Fashion of Film

Thursday 29 September / 6-8pm

To celebrate the launch of The Fashion of Film: How Cinema has Inspired Fashion, join fashion historian Amber Butchart on a journey through the last 100 years of cinema style and its influence on the catwalks.

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Free* | Art Deco Architecture in London

Friday 30 September / 11.30am and 12.15pm

Join expert guide Yannick Pucci for a dazzling short talk about London’s Jazz Age Architecture.

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The Long Weekend: Life in the 1920s English Country House

Thursday 6 October / 6–8pm

Step into the fascinating surroundings of the English Country House during the 1920s with expert guide Adrian Tinniswood.

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Free* | JAMES ABBE Photographer of the Jazz Age

Friday 7 October / 11.30am

Meet Terence Pepper, the biographer of James Abbe and curator of the current display JAMES ABBE Photographer of the Jazz Age.

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British Dress Design of the Jazz Age

Thursday 13 October / 6–8pm

The Queen’s support for British design has played a key role in the growth of the UK fashion industry.

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Free* | Tales of Jazz Age Fashion

Friday 14 October / 11.30am

When F Scott Fitzgerald’s book Tales of the Jazz Age was first published in 1922, a new generation found its voice. Join Dennis Nothdruft, Curator of 1920s Jazz Age Fashion, to discuss the changing silhouette of women’s clothing from 1919 to 1929.

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Mrs Tinne’s 1920s Wardrobe

Wednesday 19 October / 2.30pm

Pauline Rushton of National Museums Liverpool discusses fashion and shopping in the 1920s through the incredible collection of Mrs Tinne, the largest single collection of one woman's clothes owned by any museum in Britain.

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AN AIR OF ABANDON 1920s Hair & Beauty

Thursday 20 October / 6–8pm

Fashion experts Caroline Cox and Maggie Norden present an evening of Jazz Age hair and beauty in which they explore the style of the era and its relationship with modernism.

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1920s Charleston Dance Class

Tuesday 25 October / 10.45am and 12noon

Join this one-hour taster class to hear how the Charleston dance craze swept across America in the 1920s, while you learn a few classic moves.

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Fashion Writing: The Real Issues

Thursday 27 October / 6–8pm

Explore the realities of fashion writing today and how the profession might develop at this frank discussion with a panel of industry experts.

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Jewellery with Geoffrey Munn

Thursday 3 November / 6-8pm

Join jewellery expert Geoffrey Munn as he decodes the significance of jewellery across the ages. His talk ‘Pearls and Unicorns – Myth and Reality in Jewellery’ highlights the importance of gemstones and their effect on the human psyche.

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Free* | Fashion in the 1920s

Friday 4 November / 11.30am

njoy an overview of everyday clothing during the 1920s at this accessible and informative talk by Jayne Shrimpton, author of the bestselling book Fashion in the 1920s.

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Icons of the Jazz Age: The Dolly Sisters

Thursday 10 November / 6–8pm

The delectable dancing Dollies – Hungarian born identical twins Jenny and Rosie – were stars of café society on both sides of the Atlantic in the 1920s.

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Free* | Jazz Age Costume Design

Friday 11 November / 11.30am

Join us for this free morning talk which celebrates Jazz Age costume designer Dolly Tree (1899–1962) with new research documenting her life and work.

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Jazz Age Gin Tasting

Thursday 17 November / 6–8pm

Be transported to the 1920s at this special viewing of Jazz Age Fashion & Photographs, with a tasting of the best gin on Bermondsey Street.

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The Business of Sewing: Tilly and the Buttons

Thursday 24 November / 6–8pm (Fully Booked)

Do you dream of turning your passion into a creative business? Meet Tilly as she shares her story, from the satisfaction of creating her own clothes to the excitement of seeing what other people make with her company's patterns.

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Free* | The Savoy Hotel in the Jazz Age

Friday 25 November / 11.30am

Take a virtual tour of The Savoy, London’s first luxury hotel, with archivist Susan Scott as she goes behind-the-scenes of hotel glitz and glamour during the 1920s.

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Fashion Shows in the Early 20th Century

Thursday 8 December / 6–8pm

Explore the history of the first fashion shows in America and France from the late 19th century to the end of the 1920s.

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Dutch Wax Textiles

Thursday 23 February 2017 / 6–8pm

Hear the amazing story of how Dutch and English machine-made copies of Indonesian Batik, destined for the South-East Asian market in 1900, became an unexpected success on the West Coast of Africa.

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