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New programme of talks and workshops

26 January 2010

The Fashion and Textile Museum winter programme includes a range of talks and workshop activities to complement the fabulous exhibition '30 Years of Pineapple by Debbie Moore', sponsored by ASOS.com.

This retrospective exhibition from 15th January until 24th February 2010 and celebrates the success of the Pineapple brand and its influence on fashion over the last thirty years. The exhibition features key looks created by Debbie Moore for the Pineapple label including the Body, the legging, cotton lycra dresses and the Boyfriend sweatshirt.

Alongside the exhibition, the workshop programme includes:

In conversation with Debbie Moore
Thursday 4th February 6.30pm-8.00pm
Cost £12 (£9 concessions) including a glass of wine

Following the closure of the only dance studio in Central London, Debbie Moore founded Pineapple dance studios in 1979, in an old pineapple warehouse in Covent Garden with the aim of making dance accessible to everyone.

Soon afterwards, Debbie launched Pineapple's clothing range in response to the increasing demand for fashionable dancewear. Her inspiration came from the dancers in her studios and their unique ways of customizing and accessorizing their clothes to accentuate their fluid physicality.

A former model with a head for business – she was Veuve Clicquot Business Woman of the year in 1984 – you can hear Debbie's fascinating story as Pineapple celebrates its 30th anniversary.

Pattern Cutting for Lycra - talk and demonstration
Tuesday 16th February 6.30pm–8.30pm
Cost £25/20 concessions, including a glass of wine

Pineapple kick-started the stretch revolution with the creation of cotton Lycra jersey and was responsible for bringing dancewear from the studio to the street. Debbie Moore and Pineapple created such ‘fashion firsts’ as the cotton lycra LBD, footless tights and The Body. However, designing and cutting clothes with this fabric is a great skill and this is a rare opportunity to learn from the experts as Debbie Moore and her team take you through the basics.

This fun and informal session will look at how the first patterns were generated, how to incorporate 3D shapes, positioning prints on stretch fabrics, key fits and sample blocks.

A real highlight of the activity programme is Pineapple dance studio@FTM, which will
see the FTM host two one-off dance classes:

Urban Jazz moves – dance class
Saturday 6th February 11.00am-12.00pm, for adults
Cost £6

Pineapple is famous for its dance classes and this is an excellent opportunity to stick to your new year’s resolution as Pineapple bring their expertise to the FTM for some one-off dance classes. This class will be overseen by renowned choreographer Louie Spence and will be a fusion of hip-hop, jazz, street moves and body popping.

Urban jazz moves – dance classes for children
Wednesday 17th February
11.00am-12.00pm 7-12 years, 12.00pm – 1.00pm 13-16 years
Cost £6

Get the kids up and out and on the move in he half term holiday with this great dance classes at the FTM that is a fusion of hip-hop, jazz, street moves and body popping.

Editor's Notes

The FTM workshop programme is sponsored by ASOS.com, the UK's largest independent online fashion and beauty retailer.

To celebrate Pineapple’s 30th anniversary, in September 2009 Pineapple re-created key original styles exclusively for ASOS.com. The first range was such a success that a follow-up collection is due for launch in March 2010 with swimwear to follow in Spring 2010.

Exhibition opening times are 11.00am-6.00pm Wednesday to Sunday. Last admission 5.15pm

For further information about the FTM and to book activities:

visit www.ftmlondon.org
phone 020 7407 8664
email info@ftmlondon.org
go online www.WeGotTickets.com

Press enquiries please contact:

Alison Lowe – Press Officer
Felicities Ltd representing the Fashion and Textile Museum
Alison@felicities.co.uk Tel: 0207 377 6030

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