Edward Steichen, Marion Morehouse wearing fashion by Tappé ; masks by the Polish illustrator W. T. Benda, 1926 © 1926 Condé Nast
iPhones/Moleskines/Smythsons at the ready, it’s time to pencil in some very special events taking place over the next few months. Inevitably, I will be haunched in the corner making frenzied notes at all of the below. Apart from the SHOWstudio web interview, of course. That is most certainly a pyjamas, pot of tea and entire packet of bourbons in bed kinda deal:
Penny Martin in conversation with Lou Stoppard at SHOWstudio, 12.00 BST, www.SHOWstudio.com
The lady at the helm of the best magazine on the planet talking about her career up to, and including, The Gentlewoman for a whole hour. Oh, to know what goes on at 1 Tavistock Chambers! Before landing one of the world’s best jobs, Penny researched a PhD thesis on 1980s fashion magazines and spent seven years at SHOWstudio. Fellow Martinite Holly from Luxe Pauvre has already told me she might transcribe the whole thing. I AM SO EXCITED.
Lunchtime lecture: Virginia Woolf: A Woman of Fashion?, National Portrait Gallery, London. 1.15pm, 4th September 2014.
The Bloomsbury group is having a moment this Autumn, from those hand painted Burberry totes to this new exhibition at the NPG. This free lunchtime talk is accompanying Virginia Woolf: Art, Life and Vision that runs until 26th October and looks at Woolf’s ‘ambivalent relationship with clothes and fashion’. It sounds really excellent, actually, especially when you read that she once resorted to pinning together her underwear with a brooch. Haven’t we all been there, ladies? Keeping with the Bloomsbury theme I also hope to visit Charleston some time before November, likely on my own unless I can convince R that the cafe is worth the two-hour drive.
Inventing Elegance – Fashion Photography 1910-1945, V&A Museum, London, 12th December 2014
If a lunchtime talk just isn’t enough, you can book now for this day-long conference on Horst P. Horst, George Hoyningen-Huene, Man Ray and other contemporaries at the V&A in December. It is one of the events supporting ‘Horst: Photographer of Style’, and, I think, ‘Edward Steichen: In High Fashion, The Conde Nast Years 1923-1937’, which will open at the Photographer’s Gallery on 31st October. I originally read about that here, but it’s not on the Photographer’s Gallery website yet, oddly. Is this the definition of being a bit too keen? That ringing noise you can hear is my 1920s nerd-out points hitting a gazillion.
[Image via FEP photo]