Talks & Events


Free* | Anna Sui Cosmetics

Tuesday 30 May | 11.30am, 12.15pm and 1.15pm

Enjoy learning makeup tips and tricks this half term with Anna Sui Cosmetics. Whether you identify with fairy tale romanticism or Victoriana style, or if you aspire to punk or rock star chic, this make-up masterclass will highlight how to get the Anna Sui look.

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Free* | Anna Sui Highlights Tour

1pm every Wednesday and Friday from 31 May 2017

Join one of the Museum team to take a trip through the highlights of the exhibition The World of Anna Sui.

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Style Tribes: The Fashion of Subcultures

Thursday 8 June | 6–8pm

Discover 100 years of street style and subcultures, from early 20th century New York to 21st century Japan.

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Free* | Giacomo Balla: Designing the Future

Friday 9 June | 11.30am

Discover the work of Giacomo Balla (1871-1958), one of the undisputed masters of modern Italian art who embraced fashion and textiles in his work, at this free* talk to coincide with a major new exhibition on the artist at the Estorick Collection.

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Fashion Stylist’s Handbook

Thursday 15 June | 6–8pm

This evening viewing of The World of Anna Sui exhibition includes a fascinating talk by professional stylist Danielle Griffiths, whose editorial work has appeared in leading magazines and newspapers, as she describes her journey in the industry.

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Fashion Conversations: GOAT founder Jane Lewis

Thursday 22 June | 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 World of Anna Sui exhibition.

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Free* | The Secret Life of Scissors

Friday 23 June | 11.30am

Explore the complex life of scissors – universal objects and everyday tools, but also ambiguous ‘things’ surrounded by symbolism.

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Couture Inside Out – 1950s Paris and London

Wednesday 28 June | 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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Creative Living Country

Thursday 29 June | 6–8pm

Textile designer Helen David and photographer Matilda Temperley discuss what it takes to set up studio and maintain a creative business beyond the bright lights of the city.

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How to Read a Dress: Fashion from the 16th to the 20th Century

Thursday 6 July | 6–8pm

The fashion curator’s job involves knowing why and when a garment was created. Yet some details can be impossible to discover. Join us at this expert talk to highlight the information you need to ‘read’ a dress accurately, as well as where to find it.

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Fashion Conversations: PALMER//HARDING the ‘Shirt Boys’

Thursday 13 July | 6–8pm

PALMER//HARDING is a new British fashion brand specialising in the shirt. This talk is a rare opportunity to meet the designers and hear what it takes to create a successful fashion brand in the 21st century.

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Celebrating Lucienne Day’s Centenary

Thursday 7 September | 6–8pm

2017 marks the centenary year of one of Britain’s most influential 20th century designers. Best-known for her textiles, Lucienne Day (1917–2010) was a virtuoso pattern designer and colourist,

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Fashion + Music

Thursday 14 September | 6–8pm

From pop videos to editorial shoots, via the evolution of some of the industry’s most significant and era-defining pairings and collaborations, this talk explores the power of fashion as a make-or-break tool within the music industry’s creative process

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Bermondsey Street Gin Tasting

Thursday 21 September | 6–8pm

Step into the 1990s and from there into the 21st century at this special viewing of The World of Anna Sui exhibition, with a tasting of the best gin on Bermondsey Street.

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Louise Dahl Wolfe Photographs Curator Tour

Friday 20 October 2017 | 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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Free* | Louise Dahl Wolfe Photography Highlights Tour

1pm every Wednesday and Friday from 25 October 2017

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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