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Fashion at the Fitzwilliam

Wednesday 18 April, 6.30-9pm 
£8 general ticket 
Tickets for ages 16+
The Fitzwilliam Museum

Beautiful botanical images from the Museum’s collection have been brought to life in an exclusive collaboration with high street fashion brand Oasis. To celebrate, we've joined forces with Oasis and local design experts from the Cambridge School of Visual & Performing Arts to bring you an evening packed with activities, live fashion presentations, and discussions around the hottest topics from fashion history and contemporary trends. 

Book now: £8 ticket

Fashion in Motion
Find out how the Fitzwilliam Museum collection has inspired a national fashion line.

Hear from Lucy Penny, Occassionwear Designer at high street fashion brand, Oasis, on how the new collection was conceived and developed. Hettie Ward, Assistant Keeper of Paintings Drawings and Prints, at the Museum will talk about the watercolours that inspired the range, followed by an opportunity to view some of the original works of art. With live fashion presentations of the new Oasis collection in the Museum galleries throughout the evening.


Meet the local experts
Cambridge School of Visual and Performing Arts (CSVPA) – a dedicated arts school in the heart of the city which offers fashion programmes at Foundation, BA and MA level – has partnered with the Museum for an evening of activities and discussions on the latest trends and topics in Fashion.

Meet Head of Fashion, Holly Fulton
Award-winning fashion designer, Holly Fulton, is Head of Fashion at the Cambridge School and leads its BA degree programme. Holly will talk about her own work and answer questions about how to make it as a fashion designer. Plus, meet current students from CSVPA, find out what it’s like to study fashion and see examples of their work.

About Holly Fulton
Holly is a practising designer with an internationally acclaimed fashion brand. Her eponymous label shows at London Fashion Week, and she is a global ambassador for Graduate Fashion Week. Holly’s awards include Elle New Designer 2009, Scottish Young Designer 2009 and 2010 Emerging Talent Accessories, British Fashion Awards 2010, and Innovator of the Year 2016, Scottish Fashion Awards.  


Hands-on Workshops
Get hands-on with workshops led by the Cambridge School of Visual and Performing Arts.

Millinery Workshop, 6.45 & 8pm, £12, *** SOLD OUT ***
Separate ticket includes 1 hour workshop with Noel Stewart & access to the rest of the event.
Join renowned milliner Noel Stewart for a short talk followed by the opportunity to make a bow headpiece to take or wear home.

About Noel Stewart
Noel Stewart is one of the many visiting industry professionals who work with fashion students at the Cambridge School, and is a London based milliner with international status. His collections combine luxury materials and traditional craftsmanship with contemporary innovation. Early in his career, Noel worked for the Queen’s milliner Philip Sommerville and Stephen Jones OBE, during which time was Stephen’s assistant at Christian Dior Haute Couture, John Galliano and Louis Vuitton. Since establishing his own label, Noel has designed hats for leading fashion designers including Roland Mouret, Diesel, Roksanda, Erdem, Hussein Chalayan, Richard Nicoll, Jaeger, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Holly Fulton, Sibling, Viktor & Rolf and others, while off the catwalk his loyal fan-base includes Kiera Knightly, Lady Gaga, Florence Welch, Kylie Minogue and Beth Ditto.

Fashion illustration and collage workshop, 6.45-8.45pm
Using imagery taken from artwork within the Museum’s collection this workshop, led by the fashion team at the Cambridge School, will explore collage as a means to quickly generate ideas relating to fashion form and silhouette. Participants will be shown how to illustrate using collage techniques and will produce experimental fashion designs.
Drop in, limited capacity at busy times


Fashion and Textiles in the Collections
Join experts for talks and discussions on fashion and textiles in the collection

Samplers from the Fitzwilliam Museum, 6.45-8.30pm
Drop in to meet The Fitzwilliam’s Keeper of Applied Arts, Dr Victoria Avery, and Carol Humphries, Honorary Keeper of Textiles, to hear about samplers with original examples from the Museum. These beautifully embroidered and stitched textiles illuminate the lives of girls and women, from mid-17th century English Quakers to early 20th century school pupils, encompassing their education, employment, religion, family, and societal status and needlework skills.

Fashion in the Frame, 7 & 7.45pm
Join art historian Dr Harriet Riches, Course Director for MA programmes at the Cambridge School, for a short talk about early representations of fashion in our Dutch gallery.
Each talk lasts 20 mins, limited spaces

About Dr Harriet Riches, Course Director for MA programmes, CSVPA
Dr Riches received her PhD from University College London, where her research focused on the representation of the body and femininity in contemporary art and photography. She writes regularly for the journals Afterimage and Source Photographic Review.

Book now: £8 ticket or £12 ticket to include Millinery Workshop 

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