AHOY THERE! The time has finally come as this month sees the launch of my latest book, Nautical Chic! If you should need more convincing to grab yourself a copy, there have been some very nice words about it in The Fashion (the bi-annual fashion magazine from The Guardian), from Dawn O’Porter in Glamour magazine and a whole page in Grazia. You can also read about it at The Daily Beast and The Debrief. It’s out on 30th March, and is available to pre-order now through Foyles and the Guardian bookshop. What are you waiting for?!
If that doesn’t quench your thirst for all things nautical, batten down the hatches as I’ve got a number of events lined up this month and next covering all aspects of high style on the high seas.
First off, the final in my series of events for the Women, Fashion, Power exhibition at the Design Museum is underway on 23rd March. The series examines how women use dress to negotiate issues around power throughout history and across cultures, and this month I’m talking about Uniform, Power and the Sea. Nautical motifs are a perennial on contemporary catwalks, from regimental naval glamour to the square sailor collar. But how did these elements of men’s uniform — created as a spectacular display of sartorial power and military might — cross into women’s dress? I’ll be looking at the complex relationship between uniform, war, power and fashion, from the development of naval uniform to its appropriation into womenswear. TICKETS and info HERE.
Sticking with the seafaring theme (obvs), on April 28th at 6.30pm join me and Dr Matt Lodder for Nautical but Nice at the Museum of Curiosities. I will be chatting all things sailor-style, followed by tattoo historian Dr Matt Lodder. Matt is an Art Historian at the University of Essex who specialises in the history of tattooing as an artistic practice. His research challenges preconceptions of body modification and uncovers little-known histories of the practice in Victorian Britain and beyond. In this talk, ‘Not Just For Sailors,’ Matt will be exploring the history of tattoos in high society and the deep roots of a very familiar cliché. TICKETS and info HERE
Matt Lodder; Le négligé galant ornés de la coéffure à la Belle-Poule, 1778. Image Courtesy Bibliothèque nationale de France
ALSO THIS MONTH: Pop Art & Fashion at the Museum of Curiosities, March 24th at 7pm. Continuing my role as Fashion Director at the Museum of Curiosities, this month sees fashion go POP. Philip and Charlotte Colbert are a creative couple whose work collectively spans areas from photography to music and fashion. Philip is constantly inspired by Pop Art and was dubbed “the Godson of Andy Warhol” by Andre Leon Talley. His label The Rodnik Band is presented as a pop band rather than a traditional fashion label, and he has rendered some of the world’s most recognisable artworks – from Dali lobsters to Duchamp’s ‘Fountain’ – as sequin-encrusted dresses. Charlotte Colbert is a screenwriter and photographer, dubbed by Vogue as “A truly original visual storyteller.” Also working within a framework of Modern Art, her work has been likened to Surrealists Salvador Dali and Andre Breton. The evening will kick off with a presentation on the links between Pop Art and Fashion by Geraldine Wharry, creative director of Trend Atelier, a London-based inspiration studio specialising in future trend research and analysis. TICKETS and info HERE
Finally, if you or anyone you know is keen to brush up on your fashion history, I’m teaching a couple of short courses at London College of Fashion over the summer. Fashion History: The Evolution of Style covers the key moments in fashion history and theory over 200 years, from the French Revolution through to the 1990s. And you also get a copy of my first book! It’s running on saturdays from 16th May – 6th June, and on consecutive days from Tuesday 28th – Friday 31st July. BOOKING and info HERE.
That’s all for now, but stay tuned for more nautical news including exciting plans with the place I cut my teeth with old clothing, Beyond Retro. Over and out!