Book launch with Bethan Bide and Lucie Whitmore, curators and authors of Fashion City

Monday, 6 November 2023

Join the Costume Society for an exclusive book launch talk with Bethan Bide and Lucie Whitmore discussing their new book Fashion City: How Jewish Londoners shaped global style.

Fashion City takes you on a journey across the capital, from the busy clothing factories of the East End to the swinging boutiques of Carnaby Street and along the way introduces you to the key figures behind London fashion, such as Frederick Starke, Otto Lucas, Mr Fish and Netty Spiegel. Bringing together a wealth of new research and presenting a novel perspective of London fashion, this new book gives a voice to the city’s overlooked and often forgotten Jewish fashion makers.

A particular highlight for us is the debut showcasing of a rare Madame Isobel evening gown that the Costume Society awarded the Elizabeth Hammond Grant.

This is the accompanying catalogue to the upcoming exhibition of the same name at the Museum of London Docklands. This is the first fashion-focused exhibition the museum has undertaken for nearly 20 years.

The authors will also be joined on our virtual by fashion academic and Madame Isobel expert Hannah Wroe. Originally trained in made-to-measure womenswear, Hannah's research explores the making, production, and education of bespoke dressmaking practices in both domestic and couture settings. Over the past three years, her primary focus (and obsession) has been on the British interwar couturier Madame Isobel and her label Isobel (London & Harrogate) Ltd between 1914 and the mid-1950s. Hannah has previously served as a trustee for The Costume Society.

Join us on Monday 6th November 2023 from 7pm to 8pm online.

Please book your ticket via Eventbrite (members keep an eye out on your emails soon for your private booking link) and we can’t wait to see you there. This is a free event for Costume Society members. To become a member, please see our relevant membership pages

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