Fashion Writing: The Real Issues

Thursday 27 October / 6–8pm

Explore the realities of fashion writing today and how the profession might develop at this frank discussion with a panel of industry experts.

Fashion journalism first flourished in the 1920s as a new breed of writers, photographers and editors catered to an eager consumer audience. Publications such as The New Yorker, Tatler, Vanity Fair and Vogue, among others, forged distinctive approaches to writing about style and imbued the industry with intelligence, energy and glamour. Almost a century later, fashion writing touches all elements of the media. Stories about the business of fashion, as well as the celebrities who promote it, are regularly profiled on the front page of national newspapers as well as in specialist journals and magazines. The opportunities to publish have also increased, with new platforms in print, broadcast and online media. But is there any truth behind stereotypes portrayed in films such as The Devil Wears Prada? And, what are the elements that make the perfect story?

Join us at this panel discussion exploring the realities of fashion journalism today and how the fashion magazine environment might develop in the 21st century. Forget the clichés and hear what it’s really like working for some of the biggest glossy magazines, in-house publications and new content aggregators. In an honest debate about their personal experiences and careers, the panellists will explain how they entered the industry, the reality of their day to day work and how future developments might unfold.

Panel includes:

Jan Masters: Editor-in-Chief of Harrods Magazine; the in-house publication of legendary department store Harrods in Knightsbridge, Jan previously worked as Acting Beauty Editor. She recently took the role to head up the main magazine in addition to the editorial team for Harrods Travel, supervising everything from conception to shoots. Having spent decades in the industry freelancing, Jan has written for a wide variety of glossy magazines from Japanese Vogue to Elle and interviewed A-list celebrities such as Catherine Zeta-Jones.

Josephine Collins is the course leader of the BA (Hons) in Fashion Journalism at London College of Fashion, part of University of the Arts London. Before joining the University, she worked as an editor and writer specialising in the business of fashion, interiors, brands and retailing. She has worked across business and consumer magazines, newspapers and online platforms – involved in launches and relaunches – and is a former editor of fashion business media brand, Drapers.

Bridget Arsenault: Nova Scotia native Bridget Arsenault holds a Master’s Degree from Oxford University and a BA honours in English and Women Studies from Mount Allison University. A longtime journalist, for 8 years she was the Associate Editor, Print and Digital at Vanity Fair UK and the London Correspondent for Bridget also works freelance for a variety of international publications, including British Vogue, Travel and Leisure, Departures, House & Garden and Refinery 29. At the end of 2013 Bridget co-founded The Bright Young Things Film Club, an events company that fosters young filmmaking talent. And Bridget was the youngest Jury member on the London Spanish Film Festival in 2015. She has received numerous awards and accolades for both her writing and volunteer work, and she is currently working on a novel. In her spare time, Bridget loves to cook, horseback ride and is a keen party host.

Nina-Sophia Miralles: Co-founder and editor of Londnr Magazine, an arts, culture and lifestyle media brand that promotes quality writing. Nina was recently nominated for The Hospital Club Top 100 ‘Rising Star’ award, which celebrates influential and innovative people working across Britain’s creative industries. A UCL literature graduate, short-listed for the Bridge House Publishing short story competition in 2012, she is currently working on publishing her first novel.

Event organised in association with Londnr Magazine. Please note this event will be filmed.
The event starts at 6pm with a drink in the Museum foyer and opportunity to view the exhibition 1920s Jazz Age Fashion & Photographs; the talk and discussion follows at 6.15pm for 6.20pm in the Fashion Studio and lasts for approximately one hour including the chance to ask questions at the end. Ticket includes admission to the exhibition and guests are welcome to view this before or after the talk.

Price £15 / £12 students includes a complimentary drink and exhibition entry.

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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.

Image: The Needlewoman, Dec 1926. Courtesy Jayne Shrimpton

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