Thea Porter’s Scrapbook

Thursday 11 July | 6–8pm

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Talk: £15 | £12 Students
Talk + Book: £45 | £42

Venetia Porter and the Museum’s Head of Exhibitions Dennis Nothdruft discuss the intriguing life and work of fashion designer Thea Porter.

For nearly two decades, from 1966, Thea Porter created clothes made from sumptuous fabrics that drew inspiration from a view of the exotic Middle East. Combining richly patterned silks with antique fabrics, her clothes were a must for music and film stars such as Pink Floyd, Crystal Gayle, Elizabeth Taylor and Barbra Streisand. Fashion magazines all over the world featured her latest styles and Thea became a key member of the innovative group of British designers that included Ossie Clark, Zandra Rhodes and Jean Muir. During her lifetime she won huge acclaim, and her place in the history of British fashion was ensured when she won Designer of the Year in 1972.

An exhibition at the Fashion and Textile Museum in London, Thea Porter: Bohemian Chic (2015), and an accompanying book written by Laura McLaws Helms and Venetia Porter revived her importance and legacy. Her clothes are now sought after by a new generation of celebrities who include Kate Moss and Nicole Richie.

Thea Porter’s Scrapbook, published by Unicorn, £30, is her story in her own words, an unpublished autobiography she put together before her death in 2000. Edited by her daughter, Venetia, and with an essay by fashion historian Amy de la Haye, this book is illustrated with sketches, letters, press cuttings and photographs.

Order your copy of Thea Porter’s Scrapbook with your event ticket to collect on the night of the talk, through the link below. Books will also be available to purchase from the Museum shop on the night of the talk.

Venetia Porter is Assistant Keeper (Curator) Islamic and Contemporary Middle East Department, British Museum. She has a degree in Arabic and Persian from the University of Oxford, an M. Phil in Islamic Art and a Ph.D from the University of Durham.

Talk: £15 | £12 Students
Talk + Book: £45 | £42

All tickets include 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.

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, 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.

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