Friday 2 November | 6-8pm
Join us for a special Friday evening talk to celebrate the release of Amber Butcharts latest book The Fashion Chronicles the style stories of histories best dressed.
In this illustrated talk, fashion historian Amber Butchart talks us through her latest book. The Fashion Chronicles: Style Stories of History’s Best Dressed crosses continents and over 5000 years to show the importance of communication through clothing, featuring 100 people from Sappho to Tutankhamun, Karl Marx and Michelle Obama.
The Fashion Chronicles is an exploration of 100 of the most fascinating style stories ever told. It is the history of the world, told in style. From Eve’s fig leaf to Beyoncé’s Black Panther homage, the way we choose to clothe our bodies can carry layer upon layer of meaning. Across cultures and throughout history people have used clothing to signify power and status, to adorn and beautify, even to prop up or dismantle regimes. The Fashion Chronicles is published Octopus Books and will be available to purchase in the Museum shop.
Amber Butchart is a BBC television and radio presenter, and an associate lecturer at London College of Fashion. Her series A Stitch in Time aired recently on BBC4, exploring the stories behind the clothes worn by some of the most fascinating figures in history.
Amber also presented From Rags to Riches for BBC Radio 4 and Civilisations Stories for BBC One. She is the author of four previous books, Fashion Illustration in Britain, The Fashion of Film, Nautical Chic and Amber Jane Butchart’s Fashion Miscellany.
The event starts at 6pm with a glass of wine in the Museum foyer and opportunity to view the current exhibition Night and Day: 1930s Fashion and Photographs. The talk follows at 6.15pm for 6.20pm in the Fashion Studio and lasts for approximately one hour including an opportunity to ask questions, followed by a book signing in the foyer. Ticket includes admission to the exhibition and guests are welcome to view this before or after the talk.
Price: £15 / £12 students. All tickets include a complimentary drink and exhibition entry.