Theatre of Fashion Summer Lectures

June 16th - The Politics of Fashion with Tansy Hoskins & The Imperial War Museum's Laura Clouting. July 7th - Shoes - from Sport to Sex. September 15th Sex, Scent & Curious Cosmetics - an Immersive History


Jun 16th 2015 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Jul 17th 2015 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Sep 15th 2015 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

The Viktor Wynd Museum of Curiosities, Fine Art & Natural History, London

11 Mare Street, E84RP

£10 / £5 concessions

includes free admission to The Viktor Wynd Museum of Curiosities, Fine Art & Natural History


The Museum's Fashion Amber Butchart presents Director Presents 

June 16th

The Politics of Fashion - Tansy Hoskins & The Imperial War Museum

Fashion is often dismissed as superficial and ephemeral, but this lecture looks at the economics and politics behind the glamour with author and campaigner Tansy Hoskins, and Laura Clouting, curator of Fashion on the Ration at the Imperial War Museum.

July 7th

Shoes - From Sport to Sex

Dr Thomas Turner will explore how tennis shoes fit into a wider Victorian world of goods and leisure, and consider what this new type of footwear meant to the young men and women who wore them & Helen Persson will be exploring our obsession with shoes and their cultural importance as identifiers of status, privilege, seduction and sexual preference.

September 15th 

Sex, Scent & Curious Cosmetics - an Immersive History

Julian Walker will give a brief overview of the past 600 years of cosmetic history before exploring a few problematic areas: destructive cosmetics, concepts of fraud and male castigation of female cosmetics, cosmetics as empowerment, reading the face, inviting the body-entering gaze, and facial prosthetics & Odette Toilette invites you to experience the 20th century in perfume form, from the blockbuster perfumes we all love to the hidden stories of how scent has been created, promoted and used. Discover the strange tales of maverick entrepreneurs 'scent bombing' American cities in the 1940s, pickup artistes flogging scent to disaffected housewives, and Edwardian actresses using perfume to gear up for their salacious roles on the stage.

Amber Butchart is a fashion historian on a quest to reveal the secrets of our sartorial past and place the semiotics of style in a wider cultural, political and social sphere. Her latest book Nautical Chic is the first ever book to chart the history of high style on the high seas - looking at the influence of maritime dress and history on our wardrobes - and has been featured everywhere from Grazia and Glamour to The Telegraph, The Guardian and CNN. Amber has contributed to productions for BBC 1 & 2, BBC Learning, Radio 4, Channel 4 and Sky Arts, from Making History and Woman’s Hour to Great British Sewing Bee, and she presents a regular ‘In Conversation’ series at the V&A museum looking at issues concerning the clothed body in fashion and performance. She is an Associate Lecturer in Cultural & Historical Studies at London College of Fashion, where she lectures across a number of areas concerning fashion, the body and contemporary culture, from the impact of blogging on fashion media to fashion and the grotesque. Shot by Vogue as a girl with great British style, her interest in antique clothing was ignited by working as Head Buyer for vintage clothing company Beyond Retro, and for 5 years she was a regular contributor to leading trend analysis company WGSN. As the red-haired half of the Sony-nominated Broken Hearts DJ duo she has graced stages across the globe for the likes of Marc Jacobs, Vivienne Westwood and Louis Vuitton. Their weekly radio show on Jazz FM ran for over 3 years and focussed on swing music, with an emphasis on rediscovering forgotten women of the Jazz Age. A former Research Fellow at the University of the Arts London, Amber has spoken at the Institute for Contemporary Arts, British Museum, Royal Academy, British Library, Wellcome Collection, British Film Institute, and is a regular on the SHOWstudio fashion week panels. She is a member of the Royal Historical Society and the Association of Dress Historians. Amber Jane Butchart's Fashion Miscellany, her compilation of vestimentary oddities, is also out now.