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FTM @ London Bridge Festival

1 July 2009

Fashion and Textile Museum

Friday 24th and Saturday 25th July 2009

7.30 – 11pm

See the FTM as you have never seen it before!  As part of London Bridge Festival the Fashion and Textile Museum will be staging a two -night extravaganza of live entertainment.

Taking place amongst the latest exhibition, Undercover: The Evolution of Underwear, for two special nights in July the FTM will create a spectacle of music, dance and fashion.

Developed by creative events company ‘I think I’m Here Darling Where Are You?’ each evening will offer a different line up but each will be drenched with glamour and style.  Also in the line up is the uniquely fabulous ‘Johnny Blue Eyes’. Johnny, a firm favourite with artists such as Beth Ditto and the Scissor Sisters will be showcasing his creations on the museum runway, and devising various performances for your enjoyment.

Tickets cost £10 (or £15 for a combined ticket for both nights) and are expected to sell quickly for these much-anticipated, one-off evenings – the price includes the entertainment and entry to the exhibition. A pay bar will also be available.

Providing a unique backdrop is the stunning Undercover exhibition which traces the evolution of underwear, from health garment, shape definer to fashion ‘must have’. The exhibition takes visitors on a journey exploring how female underwear has evolved as women’s role in society changed and encompasses the changing trends from the ‘flatten it’ to the ‘push it up’ to the ‘let it all hang out’!  From the risqué to the radical, pieces include the first Merry Widow corset inspired by Lana Turner in the film of the same name; renowned burlesque artiste Immodesty Blaize’s corset; dress made from bras and briefs by designers Vin & Omi and a Swarovski crystal-encrusted bra.

Listing for each evening:

Friday 25th July

Friday evening brings an exciting line up kicking off with a fashion show by young designers Star Hu Gargoyle and Jane Doe. There will also be great live music with the soul, soul, soul of Baby Sol and the acoustic loveliness of Holly Walker.

Also playing with be quirky new comer Stac, with a playful, engaging performance which will include her new single Balls Bounce which is released on WahWah 45s

Voguers will be on hand to set the scene with performances from comedy musical poet Brigitte Aphrodite who delivers a sparkling mix of comedy and music with a great deal of impish and knowing charm.

Saturday 26th July

Saturday evening will see the museum taken over by the HOUSE OF BLUEEYES – a creative team of designers and artists collaborating on Fashion Collections, films and live performances taking their inspiration from Andy Warhol and the factory of late 1960s/early 1970s NYC.

Using the unique backdrop of the Undercover exhibition this is sure to be a great fashion experience not to be missed.

Also bringing added spice to the night is deliciously gorgeous burlesque and cabaret performer Esme Bianco.

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Notes to editors:

Tickets are £10 per night or £15 if purchased as a combination ticket for both nights. Tickets can be purchased in advance from the FTM by calling 020 7407 8664. Includes entrance to the current exhibition Undercover: The Evolution of Underwear which runs until Sunday 27th September.

Each event starts at 7.30 – and the fashion show on both nights will start at 8pm – please note latecomers will not be admitted until 8.15, when the live music begins.
For further information about the FTM and its activities visit www.ftmlondon.org
Please contact:

Alison Lowe – Press Officer

Felicities Ltd representing the Fashion and Textile Museum

Alison@felicities.co.uk  Tel: 07958 718 050

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