Iain R. Webb - DRAWING FASHION: sketchbooks from the edge of the catwalk

Iain R. Webb - DRAWING FASHION: sketchbooks from the edge of the catwalk

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Iain R. Webb - DRAWING FASHION: sketchbooks from the edge of the catwalk - an exhibition at Drawing Projects UK

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Drawing Projects UK is proud to present the exhibition - Iain R. Webb - DRAWING FASHION: an exhibition of sketchbooks from the edge of the catwalk - from 4 June to 6 August 2022. The exhibition and free publication are kindly supported by the British Fashion Council.

Throughout Iain R. Webb's longstanding and influential career in the fashion industry, he has drawn from the edge of the catwalk as a form of note-taking. These sketchbooks form a significant visual record of the vast number of influential fashion shows covered by Iain R. Webb, and feature his notational drawings of the collections of ground-breaking fashion designers such as Jean Paul Gaultier, Alexander McQueen, Miuccia Prada, Comme des Garcons, and many more, as they were first revealed on the season's catwalks. The exhibition provides an insight into the fashion industry and forms a record of the last four decades of fashion history. Celebrating drawing as a means of recording, remembering, and communicating, sits at the heart of this exhibition which, simultaneously, celebrates and reveals the workings of the fashion industry.

Iain R. Webb originally studied Fashion Design at St Martin’s School of Art (1977-80). He was appointed Professor of Fashion & Design at Kingston School of Art in 2016 and has previously held Visiting Professor roles at both Central Saint Martins and Royal College of Art. He is currently an associate lecturer at Central St Martins and Bath Spa University.

During his career he has been fashion editor of BLITZ, The Evening Standard, Harpers & Queen, The Times, Elle and Vogue Russia; winning the Fashion Journalist of The Year Award in 1995 (the inaugural year) and 1996. Other journalistic contributions include the New York Times, New Musical Express, The Guardian, The Independent, The Huffington Post, Saturday Telegraph Magazine, V&A magazine, Selvedge, Gut, Rollacoaster, and Shortlist, among others. He is Fashion Features Editor-At-Large of Ponystep magazine. Iain has consulted and collaborated with leading brands including Helmut Lang, Raf Simons for Fred Perry, LVMH, Selfridges, Gucci, Burberry, Cutler & Gross, M&S, Kangol, Ghost, MaxMara, Jigsaw, River Island, and Day, Birger & Mikkelsen.

He is author of Bill Gibb - Fashion and Fantasy, Foale & Tuffin: A Decade in Fashion, Postcards From the Edge of the Catwalk, As Seen in BLITZ, Vogue Colouring Book, Marc Jacobs Unseen, John Galliano for Dior and Rebel Stylist, among others. His latest publication is The Fashion Show (published March 2022) - a curated collection of fashion show invitations.

This exhibition has a significant local connection as Iain R. Webb is an alumnus of a local school, John of Gaunt, in Trowbridge. There will be a programme of events accompanying the exhibition for which further information will be available soon.

The exhibition is open on Fridays and Saturdays from 11am to 4pm - please book a free ticket to attend the exhibiiton on these days. We may be able to welcome you at other times by prior appointment, please contact us by email: info@drawing projects.uk

Drawing Projects UK is a centre for the research and development of drawing and contemporary art in Trowbridge, the county town of Wiltshire, and has excellent public transport links. Drawing Projects UK (Bridge House, 10 Stallard Street, Trowbridge, BA14 9AE) is adjacent to Trowbridge train station which has mainline services to Bath, Bristol, Bruton, Cardiff, Gloucester, London, Salisbury, Southampton, Swindon, Westbury and Weymouth; and there are several public car parks nearby.

Drawing Projects UK is an accessible venue and a blue badge parking space is available. We operate a no pets policy although assistance dogs are welcome. Miranda's Coffee Shop serves delicious coffee & teas, home-made cakes and light food, and is usually open from 8am to 3pm, Monday to Saturday. When Miranda's is not open, very good coffee can be found over the road at Cesar's.

Please note that we are using a booking system in order to manage visitation arrival times to the exhibition. We understand that travel delays can occur and we will be happy to welcome you when you arrive.

Please see the Drawing Projects UK website for further information: www.drawingprojects.uk

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