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A Love Hate Relationship with Couture: A talk by Sylvia Ayton MBE

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531 Forest Road

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Original Walthamstow School of Art student (1953 – 1957) Sylvia Ayton will talk about her experiences studying fashion at the school and later the Royal College, as well as her longstanding career in fashion which followed. She will draw upon the radical era of the 1960s and its influences on being a young designer and woman at the time. Followed by a Q&A with Rowan Bain, curator at the William Morris Gallery and Vestry House Museum and lead curator of the ‘Be Magnificent: Walthamstow School of Art 1957-67’ exhibition (2017).



Sylvia Ayton was born in Ilford, Essex in 1937 and studied fashion at Walthamstow School of Art 1953 -1957 and then Royal College of Art 1957 -1960 winning competition to design the B.E.A. air hostess uniforms.

Freelance design work included, clothing for B. Altman and Co. (New York), Count Down and Palisades stores (London); worked at Costume Museum, Bath, England, 1960; designed hats for film Freud,1960; formed partnership with Zandra Rhodes to open Fulham Road Clothes Shop, London, 1964-1969; outerwear designer for the Wallis Fashion Group, Ltd., London, from 1969-2002.
She has also taught extensively; part-time lecturer at Kingston Polytechnic(London), 1961-65, Ravensbourne College of Art and Design (London), 1961-67, Middlesex Polytechnic 1967-71; also external assessor for B.A. (Honours) fashion and textile courses, from 1976-2012,Chairman of The Costume Society 2009-2014, Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
Awarded MBE in 1990.


Image: Design drawing by Sylvia Ayton Walthamstow 1955

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