‘Fashioned from Nature’ with Edwina Ehrman
December 7th, 6.00-8.15pm, £17 (incl. a glass of wine and Garden entry)
Drawing on research for the Victoria and Albert Museum’s forthcoming exhibition about the relationship between fashion and nature, curator Edwina Ehrman will discuss the role of several plants in clothing and decorating the body from flax, cotton and pineapple fibre to rubber and vegetable ivory. The talk will explore the histories of these plants, their role in fashion and the social and environment impact of their use for clothing.Edwina Ehrman is a Senior Exhibition Curator at the V&A and a specialist in 19th century fashion and the history of London fashion. She is the Curator of Fashioned from Nature which will open at the Museum in April 2018. Her previous exhibitions include Undressed: A Brief History of Underwear and Wedding Dresses 1775-2014. From 2009 – 2013 she was the lead curator for The Clothworkers’ Centre for the Study and Conservation of Textiles and Fashion, the V&A’s fashion archive at Blythe House in West Kensington. Her publications include Undressed: a brief history of underwear (V&A Publications, 2016), London Couture 1923-1975: British Luxury (V&A Publications, 2015) of which she is co-editor and a contributor, and Wedding Dress: 300 Years of Bridal Fashions (V&A Publications 2011, 2014).
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