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V&A Membership Events are exclusively open to V&A Members and offer a wide range of special events, from evening and daytime talks by high profile speakers and academics, to gallery tours, external visits and coach trips. Details of the existing and future programmes can be found below, as can information about how to become a member.

The Alice Look
The Alice Look

Wed 02 September 2015 15:00–16:00

Join curator Dr Kiera Vaclavik, Senior Lecturer, Queen Mary University of London, as she explores the V&A Museum of Childhood’s exhibition.

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Keko Hainswheeler
Keko Hainswheeler

Fri 04 September 2015 19:00–20:45

Join multidisciplinary visual artist and creative consultant Keko Hainswheeler as he discusses his unconventional approach and variety of influences that have made him one of the most sought after collaborators/designers working in the fashion and music industry.

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Turner’s House
Turner’s House

Mon 07 September 2015 18:00–19:30

Sandycombe Lodge in Twickenham was built for JMW Turner just over 200 years ago. The great painter loved this part of the Thames and drew inspiration from the river landscape, but what makes this pretty house so important is that he designed it himself.

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Patrick Cox
Patrick Cox

Mon 07 September 2015 19:00–20:45

Patrick Cox, the Canadian-born shoe designer is best known for his bold and ironic re-interpretations of British classics for men and women. Join him as he discusses his three decades of ground-breaking footwear designs.

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At home with the Soanes
At home with the Soanes

Tue 08 September 2015 15:00–16:00

Join archivist Susan Palmer as she discusses At Home with the Soanes, her book published to coincide with the reopening of the private apartments of the Sir John Soane’s Museum.

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What a Shoe Says! - Tour 1
What a Shoe Says! - Tour 1

Wed 09 September 2015 11:00–12:30

Who wore the long pointed shoe? Why did the chopine shoe cause such a stir? Who set the fashion for red heels? And what defines a slap sole shoe? Moving towards the modern day, Members will discover how industrialisation gave birth to massproduced footwear.

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What a Shoe Says! - Tour 2
What a Shoe Says! - Tour 2

Wed 09 September 2015 14:00–15:30

Who wore the long pointed shoe? Why did the chopine shoe cause such a stir? Who set the fashion for red heels? And what defines a slap sole shoe? Moving towards the modern day, Members will discover how industrialisation gave birth to massproduced footwear.

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The Glories of Green Street: Upton Park - Tour 1
The Glories of Green Street: Upton Park - Tour 1

Thu 10 September 2015 11:00–13:00

Nestling alongside are the Boleyn Ground, the Hammers’ current home before they move to the Olympic Stadium, memories of Trebor mints, the Carlton Cinema and the Dr Who Museum. An area full of surprises!

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Hand & Lock - Tour 1
Hand & Lock - Tour 1

Mon 14 September 2015 11:00–12:00

Attention to detail is the mark of truly great couture, and no one understands this better than the embroidery experts at Hand & Lock. The 247-year-old company specialises in a host of varied embroidery techniques, including tambour beading, silk shading and the ancient tradition of goldwork.

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Peter York: The Great Design Divide
Peter York: The Great Design Divide

Mon 14 September 2015 19:00–20:45

Are you an AA man or Chelsea Harbour one? Are you on for Corb’ or Colefax? In this talk, Peter York looks at the great ideological divide in the practice of interior design.

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St James the Less, Pimlico - Tour 1
St James the Less, Pimlico - Tour 1

Tue 15 September 2015 11:00–12:30

Described by Nikolaus Pevsner as ‘one of the finest Gothic Revival churches anywhere’, George Edmund Street’s Grade I-listed St James the Less, Pimlico, was completed in 1861. It includes excellent glass, sculpture and a mosaic designed by GF Watts. John Betjeman campaigned against its closure, and the church is a prime example of the High Victorian taste for structural polychromy.

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St James the Less, Pimlico - Tour 2
St James the Less, Pimlico - Tour 2

Tue 15 September 2015 14:00–15:30

Described by Nikolaus Pevsner as ‘one of the finest Gothic Revival churches anywhere’, George Edmund Street’s Grade I-listed St James the Less, Pimlico, was completed in 1861. It includes excellent glass, sculpture and a mosaic designed by GF Watts. John Betjeman campaigned against its closure, and the church is a primeexample of the High Victorian taste for structural polychromy.

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The Glories of Green Street: Upton Park - Tour 2
The Glories of Green Street: Upton Park - Tour 2

Wed 16 September 2015 11:00–13:00

Nestling alongside are the Boleyn Ground, the Hammers’ current home before they move to the Olympic Stadium, memories of Trebor mints, the Carlton Cinema and the Dr Who Museum. An area full of surprises!

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Traditions of the Damascus Room
Traditions of the Damascus Room

Wed 16 September 2015 15:30–16:30

Middle East cultural expert Diana Darke bought and restored an Ottoman courtyard house in Old Damascus in 2005, an experience which led her back into the academic world to complete an MA in Islamic art and architecture.

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An Evening of Fashion Illustration: Irwin 'Bud’ Crosthwait
An Evening of Fashion Illustration: Irwin 'Bud’ Crosthwait

Fri 18 September 2015 18:30–20:00

To commemorate the life and works of one of fashion’s most prolific and fascinating illustrators of the late 1940s–1970s, Gray MCA will be holding an unprecedented exhibition of the artist’s work.

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Hand & Lock - Tour 2
Hand & Lock - Tour 2

Mon 21 September 2015 11:00–12:00

Attention to detail is the mark of truly great couture, and no one understands this better than the embroidery experts at Hand & Lock. The 247-year-old company specialises in a host
of varied embroidery techniques, including tambour beading, silk shading and the ancient tradition of goldwork.

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Carlyle’s House: A Victorian Writers’ Shrine in Chelsea - Tour 1
Carlyle’s House: A Victorian Writers’ Shrine in Chelsea - Tour 1

Tue 22 September 2015 11:00–12:30

Hidden in the quiet back streets of Chelsea is the home of Thomas Carlyle and his wife Jane. A twist of fate turned Carlyle into a star of the nineteenth-century literary world, and suddenly this was the place to be. When you pull the bell to enter you will follow in the footsteps of Dickens, Ruskin, Tennyson and many more.

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London Design Festival at the V&A - Curator Tour
London Design Festival at the V&A - Curator Tour

Thu 24 September 2015 11:30–13:00

Join a curator-led tour of the London Design Festival at the V&A, taking in a host of inspiring installations by some of the world's leading designers on display throughout the Museum.

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Hand & Lock - Tour 3
Hand & Lock - Tour 3

Mon 28 September 2015 11:00–12:00

Attention to detail is the mark of truly great couture, and no one understands this better than the embroidery experts at Hand & Lock. The 247-year-old company specialises in a host of varied embroidery techniques, including tambour beading, silk shading and the ancient tradition of goldwork.

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Vicky Featherstone and the Royal Court Theatre
Vicky Featherstone and the Royal Court Theatre

Mon 28 September 2015 19:00–20:45

From Look Back in Anger in 1956 to this year’s ‘Revolution’ season, the Royal Court Theatre has a history of provoking debate and discussion.

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Temple Church
Temple Church

Tue 29 September 2015 14:00–15:30

Established in the twelfth century, the distinct round nave and Purbeck marble effigies at Temple Church recall its links to the crusading Knights Templar. Set within the secluded surrounds of Inner and Middle Temple, it now serves the ancient lawyers’ societies.

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The Glories of Green Street: Upton Park - Tour 3
The Glories of Green Street: Upton Park - Tour 3

Wed 30 September 2015 11:00–13:00

Nestling alongside are the Boleyn Ground, the Hammers’ current home before they move to the Olympic Stadium, memories of Trebor mints, the Carlton Cinema and the Dr Who Museum. An area full of surprises!

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The Garrick Club
The Garrick Club

Thu 01 October 2015 10:00–12:00

The Garrick Club was founded in 1831 and houses the largest and most significant collection of British theatrical works of art, with more than 1,000 paintings, drawings and pieces of sculpture on display. Artists represented in the collection include Johan Zoffany, Thomas Lawrence and John Everett Millais, while paintings of every British actor of note, from David Garrick to John Gielgud, hang on the walls.

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Curator Talk: The Fabric of India
Curator Talk: The Fabric of India

Fri 02 October 2015 15:00–16:00

Join curators Rosemary Crill and Divia Patel as they discuss their ‘The Fabric of India’ exhibition, which explores the country’s rich tradition of handmade textiles, with pieces on show dating from the third century to today’s cutting-edge fashion.

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Strawberry Hill House - Tour 1
Strawberry Hill House - Tour 1

Mon 05 October 2015 10:30–12:30

Award-winning Strawberry Hill House offers a truly theatrical experience. This ‘little Gothic castle’ was built in the eighteenth century by Horace Walpole, son of Sir Robert, Britain’s first Prime Minister.

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Quentin Blake: Beyond the Page
Quentin Blake: Beyond the Page

Mon 05 October 2015 19:00–20:45

Quentin Blake’s unique reputation as a book illustrator is based on a series of collaborations with distinguished writers – most notably Roald Dahl – as well as on picture books of his own and his illustrations of classics for the Folio Society.

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A Stitch in time
A Stitch in time

Fri 09 October 2015 15:00–16:00

Join assistant curator Danielle Thom as she explores the history of needlework tools before the decline of home sewing in the twentieth century. As design objects in their own right, they reflected the fashions and technological innovations of their day. As personal possessions, they represented status and ownership for women in an age when ‘property’ was predominantly the preserve of men.

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Strawberry Hill House - Tour 2
Strawberry Hill House - Tour 2

Mon 12 October 2015 10:30–12:30

Award-winning Strawberry Hill House offers a truly theatrical experience. This ‘little Gothic castle’ was built in the eighteenth century by Horace Walpole, son of Sir Robert, Britain’s first Prime Minister.

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A Century of Scent in 100 Perfumes with Odette Toilette
A Century of Scent in 100 Perfumes with Odette Toilette

Mon 12 October 2015 19:00–20:45

Join us for an evening with perfume expert Lizzie Ostrom, aka Odette Toilette. In her new book, A Century of Scents in 100 Perfumes, she tells the stories of 100 perfumes in all their decadent glory.

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Pearly Queens to Kingsley Hall: Bromley by Bow - Tour 1
Pearly Queens to Kingsley Hall: Bromley by Bow - Tour 1

Tue 13 October 2015 11:00–13:00

For those of you prepared to go a bit off the beaten track, this under-visited area of Bromley-by-Bow offers a wonderful variety of history and stories – suffragettes, almshouses and a royal hunting lodge.

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Fashion & Textile Museum: Liberty in Fashion - Tour 1
Fashion & Textile Museum: Liberty in Fashion - Tour 1

Wed 14 October 2015 10:00–11:30

Liberty & Co has been at the cutting edge of design and the decorative arts since 1875. This exhibition explores Liberty’s impact on British fashion, from Orientalism and Aesthetic dress in the nineteenth century, through Art Nouveau and Art Deco in the early twentieth century, and the revival of these styles since the 1950s. The Liberty textile design studio takes centre stage, with a focus on fashion collaborations including Jean Muir, Cacharel and Yves Saint Laurent.

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Blue and White: British Printed Ceramics - Members Talk
Blue and White: British Printed Ceramics - Members Talk

Wed 14 October 2015 15:30–16:30

Join V&A curator Rebecca Wallis to discover the enduring appeal and relevance of these objects as highlighted in the current display in Gallery 146.

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The Brompton Oratory - Tour 1
The Brompton Oratory - Tour 1

Thu 15 October 2015 14:00–16:00

The Brompton Oratory, as it is popularly known, was built for The Congregation of The Oratory of St Philip Neri over four years from 1880. Its nave exceeds even that of St Paul’s Cathedral, making it the second largest Catholic church in London. The Oratory Fathers stipulated that it must be unashamedly Italianate in order to bring St Philip’s romanità to nineteenth-century London.

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Carlyle’s House: A Victorian Writers’ Shrine in Chelsea - Tour 2
Carlyle’s House: A Victorian Writers’ Shrine in Chelsea - Tour 2

Mon 19 October 2015 11:00–12:30

Hidden in the quiet back streets of Chelsea is the home of Thomas Carlyle and his wife Jane. A twist of fate turned Carlyle into a star of the nineteenth-century literary world, and suddenly this was the place to be. When you pull the bell to enter you will follow in the footsteps of Dickens, Ruskin, Tennyson and many more.

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Pearly Queens to Kingsley Hall: Bromley by Bow - Tour 2
Pearly Queens to Kingsley Hall: Bromley by Bow - Tour 2

Tue 20 October 2015 11:00–13:00

For those of you prepared to go a bit off the beaten track, this under-visited area of Bromley-by-Bow offers a wonderful variety of history and stories – suffragettes, almshouses and a royal hunting lodge

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The Brompton Oratory - Tour 2
The Brompton Oratory - Tour 2

Wed 21 October 2015 14:00–16:00

The Brompton Oratory, as it is popularly known, was built for The Congregation of The Oratory of St Philip Neri over four years from 1880. Its nave exceeds even that of St Paul’s Cathedral, making it the second largest Catholic church in London. The Oratory Fathers stipulated that it must be unashamedly Italianate in order to bring St Philip’s romanità to nineteenth-century London.

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Beatrix Potter in the V&A Archive - Tour 1
Beatrix Potter in the V&A Archive - Tour 1

Thu 22 October 2015 11:00–12:00

The V&A holds the world’s largest collection of Beatrix Potter’s drawings, literary manuscripts and related material.

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Beatrix Potter in the V&A Archive - Tour 2
Beatrix Potter in the V&A Archive - Tour 2

Thu 22 October 2015 14:00–15:00

The V&A holds the world’s largest collection of Beatrix Potter’s drawings, literary manuscripts and related material.

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Agi & Sam
Agi & Sam

Fri 23 October 2015 19:00–20:45

Agi & Sam are London-based fashion design duo Agape Mdumulla and Sam Cotton, who met while working at Alexander McQueen, and founded their own label in 2010.

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Bawden, Ravilious and the Artists of Great Bardfield
Bawden, Ravilious and the Artists of Great Bardfield

Mon 26 October 2015 19:00–20:45

In 1931 the artists Edward Bawden and Eric Ravilious moved to the Essex village of Great Bardfield. Over the years, encouraged by their example, other artists came to live in the village, forming a thriving artistic community that has continued to this day.

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Pearly Queens to Kingsley Hall: Bromley by Bow - Tour 3
Pearly Queens to Kingsley Hall: Bromley by Bow - Tour 3

Tue 27 October 2015 11:00–13:00

For those of you prepared to go a bit off the beaten track, this under-visited area of Bromley-by-Bow offers a wonderful variety of history and stories – suffragettes, almshouses and a royal hunting lodge.

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Clothworkers’ Centre: Indian Textiles
Clothworkers’ Centre: Indian Textiles

Thu 29 October 2015 14:30–16:00

Co-curator Rosemary Crill will show and discuss a range of textiles reflecting the variety and virtuosity of the pieces in the exhibition, including seventeenth-century trade
embroidery, Kashmir shawls and woven silks.

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Aberdeen Art Gallery at the Fleming Collection: Northern Lights
Aberdeen Art Gallery at the Fleming Collection: Northern Lights

Mon 02 November 2015 10:00–11:30

This autumn the Fleming Collection is exhibiting a selection of works from Aberdeen Art Gallery and Cowdray Hall, providing a rare opportunity to see them in London.

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From Cullet to Shard: Glass in Architecture
From Cullet to Shard: Glass in Architecture

Mon 02 November 2015 19:00–20:45

The remarkable versatility of glass as an architectural material is the focus of this talk, exploring how it has transformed the design, decoration and appearance of buildings since the first glazing of windows in Roman times.

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Africans in Art
Africans in Art

Tue 03 November 2015 11:00–12:30

The V&A collections include many representations of African people in a variety of media, ranging from painted portraits to prints and photographs.

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The Medici Family Connections in the Renaissance Galleries - Tour 1
The Medici Family Connections in the Renaissance Galleries - Tour 1

Wed 04 November 2015 14:00–15:30

Using objects from the Museum’s collections, V&A Guide Sandy Hawkins will show how, during the fifteenth to early sixteenth century, Florence under four generations of the Medici family rose to prominence through patronage of the arts. This rise was greatly facilitated by works commissioned from local painters, sculptors and architects

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Helen David, Fashion Director: Harrods’ Fashion Vision
Helen David, Fashion Director: Harrods’ Fashion Vision

Mon 09 November 2015 19:00–20:45

Helen David, Fashion Director of Womenswear, Women’s Shoes, Fine Jewellery, accessories and Childrenswear at Harrods, is considered to be one of the most influential women in fashion.

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Fashion & Textile Museum: Liberty in Fashion - Tour 2
Fashion & Textile Museum: Liberty in Fashion - Tour 2

Wed 11 November 2015 10:00–11:30

Liberty & Co has been at the cutting edge of design and the decorative arts since 1875. This exhibition explores Liberty’s impact on British fashion, from Orientalism and Aesthetic dress in the nineteenth century, through Art Nouveau and Art Deco in the early twentieth century, and the revival of these styles since the 1950s. The Liberty textile design studio takes centre stage, with a focus on fashion collaborations including Jean Muir, Cacharel and Yves Saint Laurent.

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The Medici Family Connections in the Renaissance Galleries - Tour 2
The Medici Family Connections in the Renaissance Galleries - Tour 2

Wed 11 November 2015 14:00–15:30

Using objects from the Museum’s collections, V&A Guide Sandy Hawkins will show how, during the fifteenth to early sixteenth century, Florence under four generations of the Medici family rose to prominence through patronage of the arts. This rise was greatly facilitated by works commissioned from local painters, sculptors and architects.

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Sibling
Sibling

Fri 13 November 2015 19:00–20:45

Award winning fashion collective Sibling is a collaboration between Joe Bates, Sid Bryan and Cozette McCreery, and is known especially for its colourful and playful take on knitwear.

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LAMDA’s Rodney Cottier and Joanna Read in Conversation
LAMDA’s Rodney Cottier and Joanna Read in Conversation

Mon 16 November 2015 19:00–20:45

Join Joanna Read (LAMDA Principal) and Rodney Cottier (Head of Drama School) as they share stories from their own careers and secrets of LAMDA’s ongoing success.

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A Visit to Maharani: Textiles of India
A Visit to Maharani: Textiles of India

Tue 17 November 2015 18:30–20:30

Members will be given the chance to see and admire clothing, shawls and fine vintage textiles that she personally sources in Gujarat (Ahmedabad and Kutch), Kashmir, the Punjab, Varanasi and Delhi.

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Philip Webb, 1831-1915
Philip Webb, 1831-1915

Wed 18 November 2015 15:30–16:30

Drawing on the V&A and RIBA’s unparalleled collections, curator Roisin Inglesby discusses Webb’s career as an architect and designer and his diverse projects and roles.

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An Evening with Tom Dixon
An Evening with Tom Dixon

Thu 19 November 2015 18:30–21:00

Tom Dixon OBE, internationally renowned British designer and creative director of his own eponymous brand, invites Members to his showroom at Portobello Dock. Most recently, Tom’s Design Research Studio completed its first ever hotel project, redesigning the iconic Thames-side Mondrian Sea Containers.

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Curator Talk: Bejewelled Treasures: The Al-Thani Collection
Curator Talk: Bejewelled Treasures: The Al-Thani Collection

Fri 20 November 2015 16:30–17:30

Join the curators of ‘Bejewelled Treasures’ for an introduction to this exhibition, which explores the broad themes of tradition and modernity in Indian jewellery through the display of spectacular objects drawn from a single collection. The talk will provide insights into the curators’ approach to the subject by highlighting specific objects from the exhibition, such as Mughal jades and a rare jewelled gold finial from the throne of Tipu Sultan, as well as pieces that demonstrate the strong influence of India on European jewellery design in the early twentieth century.

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INVITATION STRICTLY PERSONAL: Fashion on Tour
INVITATION STRICTLY PERSONAL: Fashion on Tour

Mon 23 November 2015 19:00–20:45

The fashion show invitation is the first opportunity a designer has to share his or her new style statement. Invites can be decorative, political, humorous or provocative and are often used to provide clues to the forthcoming catwalk presentation.

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Philip Treacy in Conversation
Philip Treacy in Conversation

Mon 30 November 2015 19:00–20:45

Philip Treacy, one of the world’s most high-profile, influential and innovative hat designers, celebrates the publication of his eponymous book and discusses his career and creations with
fashion editor Marion Hume.

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