Dress as Evidence of Lives Lived

I am a fashion and dress curator whose research starts by exploring surviving garments and immateriality – items which do not survive and why. I will argue that – perhaps more than any other media – worn clothes offer poignant insights into lives lived. Drawing on examples of exhibitions I have curated I will consider sub-cultural style; elite fashion and the uniform worn by members of Britain’s Women’s Land Army in the Second World War and the curatorial interventions I made to display and interpret these in the context of the V&A and Brighton Museum. I will also discuss some of the issues that I am exploring for a forthcoming exhibition, curated With Martin Pel, on the lesbian artist Gluck and the objects she bequeathed to the Museum, which will open in November 2017.



Amy de la Haye of Professor of Dress History & Curatorship at London College of Fashion and Joint Director of the University of the Arts  research Centre for Fashion Curation. Formerly she was Curator of 20th Century Dress at the V&A for 9 years. She is interested in exploring garments as evidence of lives lived and this will for the subject of Her talk ‘Objects of A Passion: telling stories about dress in the context of the museum’. 

Her recent work includes co-authoring Exhibiting Fashion: 1971 to Now (Yale) and Worth: A Portrait of an Archive (V&A); ‘The Violet Hour’ a film that can be viewed on ShowStudio as part of the 1914 Now project commissioned by Alison Moloney (LCF) and The Clara Button children’s books for the V&A.

7:00 PM @ Phoenix Artist Club 

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