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Meet Tricia Guild + Breakfast Exhibition Preview

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Preview Ticket: £15 | Preview Ticket and book: £45

Start your morning in style and join Tricia Guild OBE at this exclusive meet and greet event. Enjoy a cup of tea and fresh pastries at this morning preview of Out of the Blue: Fifty Years of Designers Guild before the exhibition opens to the public.

Tricia Guild OBE is the creative force of Designers Guild and has been at the forefront of interior design since starting the company in the early 70’s. Internationally renowned for her passion for colour, pattern and texture as well as her signature lifestyle brand and books, Tricia Guild has been setting the pace with her dynamic and innovative collections, instantly recognisable for her unique and contemporary style.

Out of the Blue unravels Tricia Guild’s unique and creative approach, focussing in on her inspiration, her intuitive design methodology and the techniques, processes and materials used. Frustrated with the lack of truly contemporary fabrics and wallpapers for interiors, Tricia’s vision was to create a lifestyle. Tricia showed people how to put the different elements of a room together; how colour, pattern, texture and form can combine to create a harmonious space.

Tricia will be on hand to sign her brand new, hot-off-the-press book, Out of the Blue: Fifty Years of Designers Guild, £30, published by ACC Art Books, the perfect accompaniment to the exhibition.

Purchase the book with your ticket and collect on arrival at the event. All tickets include a cup of tea or coffee and pastries which can be enjoyed prior to viewing the exhibition.

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Preview Ticket: £15
Preview Ticket and book: £45

Please note that this event is not a talk, but rather an exhibition viewing with the opportunity to meet Tricia Guild OBE. If you would like to hear from Tricia Guild as part of a talk, we recommend attending the Thursday Late In Conversation on Thursday 27 February. Please be aware that viewing the exhibition can only take place within the event time stated above as the Museum will be closed to the public.

Numbers are limited for this event, please book early to avoid disappointment.
If you have any questions about this event please complete our enquiry form.

The Hartnell Look by Michael Pick

A lecture by author and historian Michael Pick

This lecture examines the major reasons for Hartnell’s personal success in making London a viable alternative to Parisian haute couture dominance, even when given minimal government assistance in contrast to the French competition. In London, Hartnell employed some 500 people in House by the mid-1950s. His embroidery workroom was prized for displaying his unique innovations and luxurious colourful patterns allied to fashionable shapes and forms of a variety of clothes.

It also pays tribute to the many occasions when the Hartnell Look captured the world headlines when worn by some of the most sophisticated women of his time, including stars of stage and screen. The lecture examines why the many ladies of the Royal Family put their trust in the specially fashioned variations of the Hartnell Look, as exemplified at its most sublime by the universally recognised mid-C20th iconic dress, the 1953 Coronation Dress of Her Majesty the Queen.

It is forty years since Sir Norman Hartnell (1901-1979) died still designing at what was then a highly respectable old age. His legacy endures in the vibrancy defining London as a major fashion capital, something he had mainly achieved alone by the 1930s when American buyers began to visit the London collections before Paris.

In his later years Hartnell once quipped that he had shown Worth how to create the Hartnell style, for if he had a hero it was certainly Charles Frederick Worth, the Englishman credited with the birth of French couture.

Norman Hartnell: The Biography, £35, published by Zuleika is available to purchase in the Museum shop.

Free with exhibition ticket
Numbers are limited for this event. It is essential to secure your place by booking online

If you have already booked an exhibition ticket for Wednesday 19 December and would like to secure a place on the talk, please e-mail

The talk takes place in the Fashion Studio and lasts for approximately one hour with an opportunity to ask questions and a book signing. The talk is free with your exhibition ticket and visitors are welcome to view this before or after the talk.

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