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Explore the influence of plants, gardens and landscapes on fashion and jewellery. Hear from leading fashion professionals and academics.

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HORTI: COUTURE CONFERENCE

Saturday 9th October 2021 | 10 am to 5 pm BST

The London College of Garden Design’s Autumn Conference

From the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Cambridge Cottage

• In-person and online tickets available

• Extremely limited in-person places available at Cambridge Cottage, Kew Gardens

The former royal residence of the Duke of Cambridge, Cambridge Cottage is nestled in a quiet, private corner of the Gardens.

• LCGD Students and Graduates are free of charge.

Join us on Saturday 9th October 2021 for a day focussed on the relationship between gardens and fashion with legendry and leading professional and academic speakers.

For centuries plants and gardens have clearly been influential on fashion sensibility. The fashion industry’s most lauded designers Hardy Amies, Yves Saint Laurent, Christian Dior, Dries Van Noten, Vivienne Westwood, and Raf Simons are known for recurrent themes around flora and gardens and the influence of their own gardens on their work.

But does it work both ways? Are garden designers influenced by fashion professionals?

The Conference will hear from leading fashion professionals and academics including Amy de la Haye, Professor of Dress History and Fashion Curation and joint Director of the Centre for Fashion Curation at London College of Fashion; Justine Picardie, a contributing editor to Harper’s Bazaar and author of the soon to be published Miss Dior: A Story of Courage and Couture and Hairdressing legend Sam McKnight in conversation with award-winning garden designer Jo Thompson.

During this conference, you will learn:

Conference attendees will discover the influence of plants and gardens on a much wider creative world than just landscape. Our speakers who are writers, creatives and academics will explore how plants and gardens influence cultural elements such as dress and jewellery as well as fragrance and fashion. You will discover the impact that our professional knowledge of the natural world and design can have on our clients in a much wider sense than purely gardens and through fashion, fragrance, and style in our everyday lives. And you will also hear how two fashion and garden design icons work together.

Speakers

Amy de la Haye

Amy de la Haye is a curator and writer. She is Professor of Dress History and Fashion Curation and joint Director of the Centre for Fashion Curation at London College of Fashion. Her most recent project is the book (Yale, 2020) and exhibition staged at the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology called ‘Ravishing: The Rose in Fashion’.

Topic:

Ravishing: The Rose in Fashion: the making of a book and exhibition

  • The talk will explore how the rose has influenced the way we look, feel, and fantasize; it aesthetic, symbolic, and political impact.
  • It will communicate how narratives – similar and differing - can be constructed to make a book and an exhibition about flowers and fashion.
  • It will share the research journey and the multiplicity of research sources drawn upon.
  • It will share images from the current exhibition at the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York.
  • It will conclude by discussing the evolution of a very different socio-botanical exhibition on roses and fashion I am working on – with Simon Costin - that will open at London’s Garden Museum in March 2022.

Sam McKnight

Hairdressing legend Sam McKnight's spectacular career spans nearly 50 years working in fashion. He’s worked with all the greats including A-list clients including Chanel, Fendi, Balmain, Burberry, Tom Ford and Vivienne Westwood. In addition to devising trend-leading hair looks for fashion shows and advertising campaigns, McKnight is a regular contributor to British and international Vogues, Vanity Fair, Harper’s Bazaar, i-D and Love, creating iconographic images with the world’s most pre-eminent photographers: Richard Avedon, Patrick Demarchelier, Nick Knight, Craig McDean, Mario Testino and Bruce Weber among many others. In addition, he’s on-call for a starry clientele including Uma Thurman, Cate Blanchett and Kate Moss, for personal appearances and red carpet events. But perhaps his most iconic client was the late Princess Diana, who he met on a shoot for British Vogue which led to him becoming her personal hair stylist for seven years. 

Mairi Mackenzie

Mairi MacKenzie is a Research Fellow in Fashion and Textiles at Glasgow School of Art and a visiting lecturer at Glasgow University. Her current research is concerned with the relationship between popular music and fashion and social histories of perfume. She is author of Dream Suits: the Wonderful World of Nudie Cohn (Lannoo 2011), Isms: Understanding fashion (A&C Black 2009), and Perfume and Fantasy: Scent in Popular Culture and Everyday Life (Bloomsbury, forthcoming).

Topic:

The Scent of Roses: The Inward Fragrance of Each Other's Heart

One does not need to be a perfume connoisseur to recognise the scent of a rose. Its liberal use in modern perfumery has familiarised many with its characteristics and made the rose a part of our olfactory language. However, this ubiquity belies its enduring and mythic status. Throughout history, rose perfumes have been variously used to anoint royalty, cleanse heretics, symbolize Gods, express virginity, cure ailments and flavor celebratory food but this correlation between the scent, beauty and divinity is not fixed. Rose perfumes have also embodied immorality, announced subversion, and signified death.

Whilst many of these uses are a distant memory, fashion houses and perfumers still draw upon and reconfigure these contradictory connotations in the development of their perfumes today. The talk will chart this history - drawing upon the collections of the perfume museums of Paris - and consider the role that mythology, religion, horticultural advances, literature and the growth of the popular press have played in the shifting fashionability of the rose and its perfume.

Geoffrey Munn

Geoffrey Munn OBE, MVO is a jewellery specialist, television presenter, writer, and historian. He has published several books on precious metalwork and has also contributed to the specialist press on the subject of Nicholas Hilliard, J.M.W. Turner, Dante Gabriel Rossetti and Edward Lear. Geoffrey is a Fellow of both the Linnean Society and the Society of Antiquaries.

Justine Picardie

Justine Picardie is a contributing editor to Harper’s Bazaar, having previously been editor-in-chief. She was formerly a journalist for the Sunday Times, a columnist for the Telegraph, editor of the Observer Magazine and features director of Vogue. She is the author of five books, including the critically-acclaimed memoir If the Spirit Moves You: Life and Love After Death, the bestselling Coco Chanel: The Legend and the Life, and the recently published Miss Dior: A Story of Courage and Couture.

Jo Thompson

Jo Thompson is recognised as one of the UK’s leading designers and plantswomen. She has been the recipient of four Gold and five Silver Gilt medals at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, and in 2017 she won the People’s Choice award at the first RHS Chatsworth Flower Show. Jo is a member of the RHS Gardens Committee and Garden Advisor for RHS Rosemoor, an RHS judge, as well as being a member of the RHS Show Gardens Selection Panel. She lectures both nationally and internationally and is a visiting tutor at the London College of Garden Design.

Andrew Fisher Tomlin

Andrew Fisher Tomlin is well known for the creation of gardens and landscapes worldwide. He is Founding Director of the London College of Garden Design based in the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew and is the course leader for their unique Planting Design Diploma which attracts students from all over the world. He is also a director of its partner College at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Melbourne and lectures widely. Andrew is a Fellow of both the Chartered Institute of Horticulture and The Society of Garden Designers, and he is also a Chartered Horticulturist.

AGENDA

10.00 am -Introduction - Andrew Fisher Tomlin

10.15 am - Amy de la Haye

11.15 am - Mairi Mackenzie

12.15 am - Short coffee break

12.30 pm - Sam McKnight and Jo Thompson in conversation

1.30 pm - Lunch break

2.30 pm - Justine Picardie

3.30 pm - Geoffrey Munn

4.30 pm - Summary - Andrew Fisher Tomlin

5:00 pm - Finish

TICKETS

• The conference will be streamed online on Saturday 9th October 2021 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.

• There are extremely limited in-person places available at Kew Gardens.

• The conference will also be recorded and available in other time zones if you are unable to attend the live conference.

ONLINE TICKETS £59

You will receive an access link and code to watch the conference live on Saturday 9th October 2021 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.

IN-PERSON TICKETS £249

Held in the former royal residence of the Duke of Cambridge, Cambridge Cottage is nestled in a quiet, private corner of Kew Gardens.

Cambridge Cottage tickets are limited to just 10 places on a first come, first-served basis. Tickets include refreshments on arrival, individual lunch, and a gift to include signed copies of “Ravishing: The Rose in Fashion” and “Miss Dior” at the end of the day.

All proceeds from these tickets will be donated to Global Gardens of Peace. For more information, please visit globalgardensofpeace.org

CATCH UP TICKETS £59

The conference will be available as an edited recording after the event. You will receive a link and access code to watch the conference at your convenience.

LCGD STUDENTS & GRADUATES TICKETS FREE

LCGD Students and Graduates online tickets, free of charge.

Please enrol to receive your access link and code.

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Phone: +44 (0)1483 762955

Email: info@lcgd.org.uk


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The London College of Garden Design is one of Europe’s leading specialist design colleges and offers professional level courses including our Garden Design Diploma delivered from our homes at the world famous Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew in the UK and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Victoria - Melbourne Gardens in Australia. At Kew we also offer a unique Planting Design Diploma delivered over 6 months and a Construction Design course. All our main courses are available online or as blended learning options.

Our short courses are offered at RBG Kew, RHS Garden Wisley in central London and many are online including our renowned CPD Seasonal Info Bursts. 

LCGD graduates have won the majority of Society of Garden Designers 'Student Designer of the Year' awards since they first launched, 'best in shows' and gold medals at major RHS shows including the 'Young Designer of the Year' Award. All our lecturers and tutors are practising professionals with an in-depth understanding of their subject, their profession and the land-based industries.

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