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Curator Talk: Beautiful People

Meet the collectors and curators behind the upcoming exhibition Beautiful People: The Boutique in1960s Counterculture in this illustrated panel discussion chaired by Head of Exhibitions Dennis Nothdruft. 

Discover how a handful Chelsea boutiques sparked a fashion revolution in the mid-1960s. The panel will be discussing fabulous and rare examples from these era-defining stores and designers, examining the shared free spirit of Granny Takes a Trip, Hung On You, Apple, Biba, Mr Fish, Thea Porter, Ossie Clark and more. In these boutiques, androgyny, individuality and flamboyance ruled. Their outrageously striking designs were inspired by Art Nouveau and Eastern mysticism, alongside the prominence of psychedelic graphics. Changing attitudes towards gender and sexuality, framed by the socio-political climate of the time, inspired new ideas, freedom of expression and an opposition to establishment values. 

Panel:
Mark and Cleo Butterfield of C20 Vintage Fashion own a remarkable private collection of museum-quality vintage fashion. They have supplied clothing to many award-winning film and television productions and their collection has featured in numerous exhibitions including Night and Day: 1930s Fashion and Photographs, 1920s Jazz Age, KNITWEAR Chanel to Westwood and Liberty in Fashion. 

Teresa Collenette is guest Curator of Beautiful People: The Boutique in 1960s Counterculture. She is a design historian specialising in the history of scissors. A graduate of the Royal College of Art/Victoria and Albert Museum History of Design Masters programme she has worked on various Fashion and Textile Museum exhibitions, The World of Anna Sui, Liberty in Fashion, 1920s Jazz Age and T-Shirts: Cult Culture Subversion in house and on tour. 

Chair: Dennis Nothdruft is Head of Exhibitions at the Fashion and Textile Museum. He has led the exhibitions team at the Museum since it was founded by Zandra in 2003 and previously spent many years working as a design assistant in Zandra Rhodes studios in both San Diego and London.     

Price: £7.50
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This talk will take place on the streaming platform Microsoft Teams Live, details of how to access the talk will be included in your booking confirmation. You will receive a unique link via email prior to the event, if you are planning to use a smartphone or tablet you will need to download the Microsoft Teams App which can be found for free in your devices App Store. Please ensure you are using the most recent operating system on your device and you can access Microsoft Teams to ensure you have the best experience.  Please note the tickets sales cut-off for this event is 2 hours before the start time.  

The talk starts at 1pm and lasts for approximately 1.5 hours, followed by a Q&A session at the end.  

Online Events take place live at the time and date specified above. A recording of the Online Event is not included in the purchase of your ticket. If you are unavailable at the time and date above, please keep an eye on our Events on Demand, where all recordings that meet our quality specifications will be available to purchase in due course. 

If you have any questions regarding this talk, please get in touch.

Consumed: The Need For Collective Change

Join Aja Barber and Sophie Slater at this online event, celebrating Barber’s debut book, CONSUMED: The need for collective change; colonialism, climate change & consumerism.

Aja Barber is a fashion consultant and writer, who is passionate about racial justice and exposing endemic injustices in our consumer industries. In her debut book, Barber asks us to change our consumer identity, in order to be a part of a more equitable and sustainable future. At this online event, Barber and Slater will discuss CONSUMED as the story of Barber’s own journey away from the cycle of overconsumption and as a tool for helping us all to do the same.

Following the radical format of the book, Barber and Slater will first discuss ‘learning’, exposing us to the endemic injustices in our consumer industries and the uncomfortable history of the textile industry; one which brokered slavery, racism and today’s wealth inequality. Next, they will cover the second half of the book; ‘unlearning’, in which Barber help’s us to understand the uncomfortable truth behind why we consume the way we do. She will ask us to confront the sense of lack we have and the reasons why we fill the aching void with consumption.

Presented by a hugely influential voice, Consumed: The Need For Collective Change promises to be an engaging and thought-provoking exploration of some of the biggest challenges currently faced by all working to become more conscientious consumers.

Price: £5
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Consumed: The need for collective change; colonialism, climate change & consumerism, £15, published by Octopus, is available to buy from our online shop.

Aja Barber is a fashion consultant and writer with over 230,000 followers on Instagram. She is passionate about racial justice and exposing endemic injustices in our consumer industries. She is no stranger to calling out racism and campaigning for change. Her Instagram video ‘Why Performative Allyship is Triggering’, which called out brands and influencers for monetising the Black Lives Matter movement, has accumulated nearly one million views.

Sophie Slater is co-founder of Birdsong, an ethical and sustainable clothing brand based in London, a freelance facilitator, marketing and PR consultant, lecturer and writer. She was a Fellow on the 2014 Year Here programme, where she co-founded Birdsong.

This talk will take place on the streaming platform Microsoft Teams Live, details of how to access the talk will be included in your booking confirmation. You will receive a unique link via email prior to the event, if you are planning to use a smartphone or tablet you will need to download the Microsoft Teams App which can be found for free in your devices App Store. Please ensure you are using the most recent operating system on your device and you can access Microsoft Teams to ensure you have the best experience.  Please note the tickets sales cut-off for this event is 2 hours before the start time.  

The talk starts at 6pm and lasts for approximately 1.5 hours, followed by a Q&A session at the end.  

Online Events take place live at the time and date specified above. A recording of the Online Event is not included in the purchase of your ticket. If you are unavailable at the time and date above, please keep an eye on our Events on Demand, where all recordings that meet our quality specifications will be available to purchase in due course. 

If you have any questions regarding this talk, please get in touch.

The Dressmakers of Auschwitz

Join British dress historian Lucy Adlington as she presents her deeply powerful and intricately detailed new book, The Dressmakers of Auschwitz. Drawing from eyewitness interviews and original garments from the era, Lucy will present a remarkable tale of resilience, camaraderie and dressmakingin the most extreme of circumstances.

The Dressmakers of Auschwitz recounts the remarkable story of the 25 young, mainly Jewish women, who were picked from the general population of the infamous Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp, to design, cut and sew beautiful fashions for ‘elite’ Nazi women. The Upper Tailoring Studio, the dedicated salon which which the women worked, was established by Hedwig Höss, the camp commandant’s wife, and patronized by the wives of SS guards and officers. Here, the dressmakers produced high-quality garments for SS social functions in Auschwitz, and for ladies from Nazi Berlin’s upper class.

Lucy Adlington follows the fates of these brave women and shows how their bonds of family and friendship not only helped them endure persecution, but also to play their part in camp resistance. Weaving the dressmakers’ remarkable experiences within the context of Nazi policies of plunder and exploitation, Lucy Adlington exposes the greed, cruelty, and hypocrisy of the Third Reich, offering a fresh look at a little-known chapter of World War II and the Holocaust.

“Lucy Adlington tells of the horrors of the Nazi occupation and the concentration camps from a fascinating and original angle. She introduces us to a little-known aspect of the period, highlighting the role of clothes in the grimmest of societies imaginable and giving an insight into the women who stayed alive by stitching.” – Alexandra Shulman

Lucy Adlington is a British dress historian with more than twenty years’ experience researching social history. Adlington runs History Wardrobe, a company which presents costume in context talks across the UK. Her nonfiction publications include Women’s Lives and Clothes in WWII: Ready for Action and Stitches in Time the Story of the Clothes we Wear.

Price: £5
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This talk will take place on the streaming platform Microsoft Teams Live, details of how to access the talk will be included in your booking confirmation. You will receive a unique link via email prior to the event, if you are planning to use a smartphone or tablet you will need to download the Microsoft Teams App which can be found for free in your devices App Store. Please ensure you are using the most recent operating system on your device and you can access Microsoft Teams to ensure you have the best experience.  Please note the tickets sales cut-off for this event is 2 hours before the start time.  

The talk starts at 7pm and lasts for approximately 1.5 hours, followed by a Q&A session at the end.  

Online Events take place live at the time and date specified above. A recording of the Online Event is not included in the purchase of your ticket. If you are unavailable at the time and date above, please keep an eye on our Events on Demand, where all recordings that meet our quality specifications will be available to purchase in due course. 

If you have any questions regarding this talk, please get in touch.

The Skill of Constructed Sculptural Textiles


Hostile Landscape – detail – Ann Goddard

The 62 Group of Textile Artists presents The Skill of Constructed Sculptural Textiles, the fourth talk in their popular annual lecture series at the Fashion and Textile Museum. This online lecture will introduce 62 Group members Lucy Brown and Ann Goddard and their respective practices.

Lucy Browns’ art is driven by her interests in personal and collective experiences, embodiment, femaleness, craft-labour and nostalgia. She works with a mixed palette of old unwanted clothing and hair – domestic and personal artefacts as raw material. These raw materials manifest into woven installations, anti-form sculptures, site-specific interventions and individual pieces.

At this online event, Lucy will present the lecture ‘Building it up and cutting it down’, giving an insight into her textile art practice and its wider context, while considering textile terms relating to sculptural textiles and the overlay of its so-called categories. Lucy will explore some of these terms in context with selected artworks in recent Latvia and Poland Textile Triennials.

Ann Goddard is a mixed media textile artist based in Cheshire. She has an MA in Fine Art, having previously studied creative embroidery, constructed textiles, and ceramics. Ann creates three-dimensional textile and mixed media constructions, assemblages and small installations comprising multiple units.

Ann’s talk will give an insight into her practice and show how research into human impact on nature influences the choice of materials, processes, techniques and construction of her work. Ann will highlight three pieces of work which are part of an ongoing project, exploring local and global ecological issues: ‘On the Brink’, an award-winning work consisting of 100 small pupa forms made from burnt and dyed bark cloth, ‘Extinction’ an installation of 40 small sculptures alluding to the loss of biodiversity and ‘Hostile Landscape’, a floor-based installation consisting of nine units suggestive of paving slabs.

Throughout this online event, both artists will explore the roles of constructed and sculptural textiles within their own practice, discussing their inspirations, successes and visions for on-going bodies of work.

Price: £5

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Lucy Brown is based in Brighton, UK and is a graduate of a Goldsmiths Textile Art degree in 1995. Since then, Lucy has continued to make work for exhibitions, commissions and contributed to art education. Her work is represented in several public art collections including The Lodz Central Museum of Textiles, Poland, The textWhitworth, Manchester, UK and Nottingham City Museums & Galleries, UK. Professor Catherine Harpers essay about Browns’ textile art practice titled “Domestic Spaces: The Uncanny Lucy Brown’ was published in spring 2019 of the USA edition of Surface Design Journal.

Ann Goddard is a mixed media, textile artist based in Cheshire. She has an MA in Fine Art, having previously studied creative embroidery, constructed textiles, and ceramics. Her work has won awards and prizes, the most recent being the prestigious Vlieseline Fine Art Textile Award 2019. She has exhibited widely in the UK and internationally and has been a member of the 62 Group of Textile Artists since 2005.

This talk will take place on the streaming platform Microsoft Teams Live, details of how to access the talk will be included in your booking confirmation. You will receive a unique link via email prior to the event, if you are planning to use a smartphone or tablet you will need to download the Microsoft Teams App which can be found for free in your devices App Store. Please ensure you are using the most recent operating system on your device and you can access Microsoft Teams to ensure you have the best experience.  Please note the tickets sales cut-off for this event is 2 hours before the start time.  

The talk starts at 6pm and lasts for approximately 1.5 hours, followed by a Q&A session at the end.  

Online Events take place live at the time and date specified above. A recording of the Online Event is not included in the purchase of your ticket. If you are unavailable at the time and date above, please keep an eye on our Events on Demand, where all recordings that meet our quality specifications will be available to purchase in due course. 

If you have any questions regarding this talk, please get in touch.

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