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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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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