A Story of Rags and Riches: Bringing Together Film Costume and Fashion in the Museum.

Twiggy, from Promotional leaflet for 'The Boyfriend', (1971 Ken Russell)

23 Oct 2017

6.30pm to 8pm

Fashion curation explores ways to tell stories with clothing. Constructing a narrative with an exhibition that has multiple elements requires consideration of layers of research and information.  This event, presented by NJ Stevenson brings together film costume and fashion curation professionals to speak about their practices and discuss the processes and challenges of curating and making an exhibition about period film costume and fashion. 

NJ Stevenson, as part of her practice based research that informs her PhD thesis is developing an exhibition, Retrovision: Period Film Costume and Fashion  which will examine how period film costume can reflect contemporaneous fashion and, in turn, influence trends. Looking at moments when period film costume and fashion synthesise, the exhibition explores the relationship between the two, asking questions about the role of nostalgia in everyday life.
This evening event features three experts in the field of film costume collecting, design, and curating:

John Bright started the costume house, Cosprop, in 1965, a leading costumier to the film, television and stage industries. Amongst the many productions that Cosprop has supplied with period costume, Out of Africa (1985), Anna Karenina (2012), Howards End (1992) and
A Room with a View (1985). 

Vicki Russell is a costume designer who learnt her trade at her mother’s knee. The daughter of the director Ken Russell and costume designer Shirley Russell, Vicki appeared as a child in some of the Russells' collaborations including The Boyfriend and Tommy, and went on to serve an apprenticeship at Shirley Russell’s London costume house, The Last Picture Frock. 

Dennis Nothdruft is Head Curator at London’s Fashion and Textile Museum, which was founded in 2003 by Zandra Rhodes. Curator and author Nothdruft is responsible for the museum’s exhibition programme, including the first major retrospective in the UK of the designer Anna Sui, and the upcoming monograph of the photographer Louise Dahl-Wolfe. 

Image from a production promotional leaflet for The Boyfriend (Ken Russell, 1971) featuring Twiggy as Polly

The event is free but booking is essential by clicking here.