HAPPY NEW YEAR!
2014 was a fantastic year in the world of fashion history, here are some of my highlights…
These include publishing my first book; appearing on Great British Sewing Bee series 2 (and 3 – more on that this year), Woman’s Hour numerous times, BBC Breakfast again and also my debut appearance on Radio 4’s Saturday Review; featuring in Betty magazine, on MyDaily and in and Irish Times supplement The Gloss (more below); speaking at many, many events including the V&A, BFI, the British Library, and giving one of the Summer Edits tours at the Royal Academy; DJing at the launches of Selfridges’ Beauty Project, as well as featuring as a panel guest on feminism & beauty with Sali Hughes, DJing in Hong Kong and Moscow; giving a keynote speech at a Fashion for Action conference in Kiev, and finally gearing up for the launch of my next book Nautical Chic this coming March. Phew!
After getting a bit of a break over the festive season I’m ready to smash straight into 2015 with a series of events on power, dress and culture that I’ve programmed as part of the Women, Fashion, Power exhibition at the Design Museum. This month come along to Faith, Fashion & Power in Muslim Dress, February sees Power, Dress & Spirituality in West Africa and in March you can hear me wax lyrical on Uniform, Power & the Sea. Do come along! More information on all events RIGHT HERE.
Designs by Barjis Chohan; Lorene Rhoomes will be speaking on West African textiles
Also the spring programme for my Theatre of Fashion lecture series at the Viktor Wynd Museum of Curiosities is live! In January see Fabulous Fashionista and Selfridges ‘Bright Old Thing’ Sue Kreitzman with artist Diane Goldie on Wearable Art; Savile Row tailor Richard Anderson on tailoring for the 21st century in February; Charlotte and Philip Colbert (of The Rodnik Band) on Pop Art and fashion in March; and myself and art historian Dr Matt Lodder in April, discussing the nautical (but nice) obsessions of sailor style and tattoos. More information on the entire spring lecture series RIGHT HERE.
In the interim, if the history of the sideshow, circus impresario PT Barnum and Orientalism feature in your interests, feel free to peruse a piece I wrote on Fashioning the Freak Show for Vestoj journal of sartorial matters. Read HERE.
And of course, stay posted for more on the launch of Nautical Chic later in the year!
ANCHORS AWEIGH AND ALL THE BEST FOR 2015!