The first part of my two-part documentary for BBC Radio 4, From Rags to Riches, airs this Thursday at 11.30am!
As you can see above, Episode 1 looks at the transition from second-hand to ‘vintage’, and how our attitude to used clothing has changed over a century and more. It features a wealth of contributors from Vogue’s thrifting connoisseur Bay Garnett to fashion auction pioneer Kerry Taylor and even my mum.
With Vogue contributing fashion editor Bay Garnett; designer Lloyd Johnson; Managing Director of Beyond Retro, Kate Peters
Episode 2 airs on Thursday 11th May at 11.30am, and looks at the global ramifications of our cast-off clothes. It took me from charity shops to sorting warehouses in Leeds and the markets and tailors of Dakar, Senegal.
I would love you to listen to it, you can keep an ear out for it RIGHT HERE!
With designer and former model Sadiya Gueye who set up a fashion school in Dakar, at Oxfam Wastesaver, and with tailor Ousmane Diouf
IN OTHER NEWS…
I WROTE for The Pool about our (my) enduring love affair with leopard print and the most unlikely cinematic icons that have influenced the way we dress, from Divine to Little Edie.
I spent a WHOLE WEEK on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour, discussing the history behind some of our fashion staples, from the white shirt and the Little Black Dress, to trainers, the trench coat and jeans. You can catch them all here.
Chatting trench coats with fashion features director at the Telegraph Kate Finnigan, and discussing the history of the shirt with Pandora Sykes
I made an appearance in Channel 4’s recent documentary, Marilyn Monroe: Auction of a Lifetime which tells the story of Monroe’s life through some of her most personal and glamorous possessions. You can watch it here if you’re quick!
My next book, Fashion Illustration in Britain: Society and the Seasons for the British Library is out in October. It’s been a pleasure to delve into the extensive archives at the British Library, and it will be packed full of gorgeous images from the 18th century through to the 1930s. More info to follow so watch this space…
Marilyn Monroe: Auction of a Lifetime; British Library publishing catalogue
I contributed my Top 5 Museums and Galleries to Fred Butler’s excellent guide to London, It’s A London Thing. It also features top tips from hoola hooper extraordinaire (and one of my favourite people) Marawa the Amazing, nightlife queen Princess Julia and designer Zandra Rhodes so it’s definitely not to be missed! It’s available here.
AND IN THE MOST EXCITING NEWS…
I’m currently filming a WHOLE TV SERIES for my favourite channel, BBC4, about what clothes can teach us about history. Some filming highlights so far are below, and keep posted for more info coming soon!
With Toby Capwell, Curator of Arms and Armour at the Wallace Collection; with historical costumier Ninya Mikhaila, AKA The Tudor Tailor; hamming it up at Ham House
For more regular updates you can keep up with me on Instagram and Twitter, and you can catch me IRL speaking about countercultural fashion at London Art Salon on 9th May, and about the history of embroidery as communication, from naval officers to subversive female stitchers at the Hand and Lock conference on 13th July.
And if you’re interested in learning more about fashion history, I’m teaching my short course again this summer at London College of Fashion. 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 it’s running in July and August. BOOKING and info HERE.
Until next time, over and out!