image created by Julie Verhoeven for the festival
If like us, you are interested in fashion books, magazines and history and think that hearing about the industry straight from some of its most influential figures sounds like fun - then you should definitely try and make it down to a fabulous event at the British Library in London next week on Friday night (March 1st). It’s called Fashion Flashback, A Scrapbook of Inspiration and it’s been produced by the library in conjunction with renowned art college and alma mater of just about every London designer; Central Saint Martins.
The evening will include for your delectation; a talk called In conversation with noted names in the world of the arts featuring; Editor of GQ Magazine Dylan Jones, Fashion Illustrator Tanya Ling and Fashion Authors Camilla Morton and Iain R Webb. They’ll be discussing all sources of inspiration as well as giving their insights into the industry, being interviewed by Cally Blackman, author and associate lecturer in history of dress and Hywel Davies, fashion journalist and author.
But that’s not all. There will be a live fashion show, featuring the exclusive designs of Central Saint Martins BA Fashion Print Students. So if you’ve ever wondered what the fashion collections of the future will look like, this is your chance.
There’ll be an exhibition of fashion magazines from down the ages from those amazing illustrated covers of Vogue going back a hundred years to the present day fashion press. Also promised is a selection of specially commissioned postcards on display, sent to the library by Central Saint Martins alumni and notable industry figures, (like this one from Gareth Pugh) as well as Christopher Kane, Sarah Mower, Alex Fury, Adam Selman and Mel Ottenberg.
And, bearing in mind it’s a Friday night, and as Oscar Wilde once said, ‘You can never be overdressed or overeducated’ you’re encouraged to dress in your best, and that there’ll be makeovers and make-up tips at ‘The Looking Glass of Fashion’ – a Cecil Beaton inspired beauty area sponsored exclusively by makeup brand Chantecaille. Oo la la! After visiting this, you’ll be very welcom to pop into the on-site photo booth to commemorate the occasion for posterity.
As no party is complete without some music, Princess Julia and Jeffrey Hinton will be taking to the decks for the night with Miss Dusty O playing hostess on the door.
All this and even more, go to make what sound to us like a pretty unmissable evening’s entertainment. If you’d like to know more details or book yourself a place, then simply head to The British Library website link to tickets. Price: £7.50 / £5 concessions