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Little Black Dress exhibition - talks and workshops

23 June 2008

As part of the celebrations for its new Little Black Dress exhibition, the Fashion and Textile Museum has developed a number of specific talks and workshops to explore in more detail some of the themes in the exhibition. 

These talks and workshops showcase the FTM as not only an exhibition space, but also an engaging and exciting place for people to get involved and take part in whatever aspect of design interests them; from fashion and textiles, through to jewellery design and make-up artistry.

Presented by some of the biggest names in the fashion and beauty industries, some of the highlights include:

'An audience with Amanda Wakeley' – the well-respected and internationally known designer Amanda Wakeley launched her signature label in 1990. Over the past decade and a half she has developed an international reputation for designing supremely luxurious, elegant women’s wear and accessories.
Amanda is self-taught and started designing clothes based on a personal passion to create utterly beautiful clothes that women love to wear. She has a reputation for making the women who wear her clothes feel confident, polished and always perfectly dressed.

Amanda will be discussing her work and career with FTM curator Dennis Nothdruft, giving an insight into the development of an international fashion house.
Fashion designer and newcomer, Osman Yousefzada, will be 'Reinterpreting the Little Black Dress' with Erin Mullaney, womenswear buyer at Brown’s Fashion. Osman’s recent collection of LBDs have led to a highly successful collaboration with Mango.

Terry Barber, Director of Make-up Artistry at M.A.C will be presenting a M.A.C Masterclass on 'Iconic make-up through the ages'. From Bardot to Winehouse, the sculpted eye-look is to make-up what the little black dress is to fashion: a timeless classic.

Terry Barber explores and demonstrates the black-lined eye and its many incarnations through the ages. This class will involve a discussion of iconic women who have showcased this look throughout the ages, followed by a demonstration of the techniques employed to achieve this. Terry has worked with Liza Minelli, Diana Ross, Linda Evangelista, Dita Von Teese and Claudia Schiffer amongst others.

To complete the look of that perfect little black dress, the FTM is presenting the 'Little Black Hat' workshop. The workshop offers the chance to make your own exclusive Little Black Hat with one of the country's leading milliners, Mary Jane Baxter.

For the more artistically adventurous there are 'Sketching the Little Black Dress sessions’. Students will be able to sketch the LBDs on display with the assistance of a fashion illustrator, with finished drawings to take away.

Details of talks and workshop including dates and prices:

Curator's Talk
Saturday 21st June Noon

Gallery talk with curator Eleanor Thompson, Brighton Museum
Free event with the purchase of Little Black Dress exhibition ticket
The Little Black Hat
Saturday 28th June 2008 10am – 1pm

Make an LBH to go with your favourite LBD! Each participant will make their own fascinator with milliner Mary Jane Baxter
Cost: £50 including all materials and entrance to the Little Black Dress exhibition
An audience with Amanda Wakeley
Wednesday 9th July 6.30pm - 8.30pm

Internationally renowned designer Amanda Wakeley with FTM Curator Dennis Nothdruft
Tickets £10, concessions £7, including entrance to Little Black Dress exhibition
M.A.C Masterclass
Thursday 10th July 6.00pm - 8.00pm

Cost: £50 including entrance to the Little Black Dress exhibition
Reinterpreting the Little Black Dress
Wednesday 23rd July 2008 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

The FTM welcomes designer Osman Yousefzada and Erin Mullaney, womenswear buyer at Brown’s.
Tickets £10, concessions £7, including entry to Little Black Dress exhibition.
Sketching the Little Black Dress Gallery Sessions
Wednesday 6th August 11.00- 12.00pm
Wednesday 13th August 11.00- 12.00pm

For students aged 10 to 12 years

Free event with the purchase of Little Black Dress exhibition ticket

Thursday 7th August 2.00-3.00pm
Thursday 14th August 2.00 -3.00pm
For students aged 13 to 16 years

Free event with the purchase of Little Black Dress exhibition ticket

Notes to editors:

The current exhibition at the FTM is 'Little Black Dress' and runs from 20th June to 25th August 2008. Opening times are 11.00am-6.00pm Wednesday to Sunday.
Ticket prices are £5 for adults, £3 for students and concessions, free entry for under 12s

The Shop @ FTM is open Wednesday to Sunday, 11am to 6pm

Entrance to the Shop, café and new permanent exhibition is free of charge.
As well as an exciting exhibition programme the FTM is also home to a new Academy providing a much-needed hub for education and professional development within the fashion, textile and jewellery sectors. The Academy is open to all who want to broaden their skills in the fashion industries, from those looking for full-time courses, short professional courses or something more tailored for businesses.

For more information on the work of the FTM visit www.ftmlondon.org

For further details please contact Alison Lewy at the FTM on 020 7407 8664 or 07940 704 725

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