Natalie Gibson in Conversation

Thursday 9 May | 6–8pm



Join Natalie Gibson MBE in conversation with guest curator Theresa Collenette and gain and insight into the work of this seminal print designer and hear the story behind the conception of the current display Will you be my Valentine.

Natalie Gibson is noted for her love of colour; by her own admission she is a ‘magpie’ with an affinity for pattern and prints.  From her time at the Royal College, where she studied textiles, through her work for Sir Terence Conran’s Habitat in the early 60s to her current projects in China and India, Gibson’s work has been defined by optimism and an irrepressible joie de vivre.

From 1964, Gibson has taught at Central Saint Martin’s College of Art and Design, where she developed the fashion print programme in 1980.  Hundreds of students have trained under Gibson’s time as course leader; her influence and network in the world of fashion cannot be underestimated.  Some of the greatest names in British fashion have studied with her, designers such as John Galliano, Sarah Burton, Stella McCartney, Stephen Jones and Craig Green amongst many others.

Theresa and Natalie will discuss her work for Conran which captured the mood of the times as well as her own distinct view of the world.  They will also delve into the graphic clarity of Gibson’s work and how it has remained a constant; a printer’s palette and a painter’s eye coming together to create a unique, and uplifting, body of work.

Theresa Collenette is guest Curator of the display Natalie Gibson: Will you be my Valentine. 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; Night and Day: Fashion and Photographs, The World of Anna Sui, Liberty in Fashion, 1920s Jazz Age and T-Shirt: Cult – Culture – Subversion, both in house and on tour.

Price: £15 | £12 Students
All tickets include a complimentary drink and exhibition entry

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The event starts at 6pm with a glass of wine in the Museum foyer and opportunity to view the current exhibition. 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. Ticket includes admission to the exhibition and guests are welcome to view this before or after the talk.

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