Robert Elms on Menswear

Thursday 4 August / 6-8pm

Join writer and broadcaster Robert Elms for a social history of London street fashion since the 1960s. In his modern memoir The Way We Wore: A Life in Threads, Elms charts his passion for clothes and how his memory of crucial events is defined by what he was wearing. Challenging the historians who have chosen to treat fashion as an exclusively feminine realm, this event explores the allure of the male suit, the importance of cloth and why clothes communicate more subtly than most objects.

Discover the details that count in Elms’ compelling description of suits past and present, real and imagined. He describes how he developed his taste in clothes growing up in north-west London between the 1960s and the 1980s and, at the same time, honed his skills for remembering what others were wearing when, and why. If you have ever felt the intense pain of not just wanting but needing to wear the right thing, whether from shyness or showmanship, vanity or self-doubt, this talk will give you the reassurance you are not alone.

Robert Elms is an award-winning journalist, broadcaster and author. He writes regularly for the national press and has a daily show on BBC London. He lives in Camden.

The event starts at 6pm with a drink in the Museum foyer and opportunity to view the exhibition Missoni Art Colour; the talk follows at 6.15pm for 6.20pm in the Fashion Studio and lasts for approximately one hour including the chance to ask questions, followed by a book signing.

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

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