Exploring the rich theme of modern beauty through the prisms of ageing, natural Afro hair, regional glamour, class and gender, Kathryn Ferguson will discuss and introduce her exclusive short films, made in association with Selfridges for The Beauty Project. To introduce the event, Jennifer McCarey will muse upon the question “Finding yourself in the mist of political turmoil and protest, what is the role of lipstick?”
Belfast born Kathryn Ferguson is a Film director, Film Curator & Fashion Film Research Fellow, currently living and working in London.She has made many films for fashion designers, international brands and musicians including Chloé, Selfridges, Dev Hynes & Neneh Cherry, Nike, Sinead O’Connor, Sony, Lady Gaga and SHOWstudio. As well as working as a freelance director, in 2014 she was appointed Resident Film Director for Selfridges.
Jennifer McCarey is an organiser for the public service union UNISON and is the Chair of Glasgow Trade Union Council becoming a political activist at the age of 13, initially in the early 1980s peace movement. She has married the art of protest with a love of dressing up and vintage clothes alongside.
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Fashion Cultures returns to the Merchant City Festival with an exciting programme dedicated to the tools of adornment: perfume, hair and make-up.
The programme will recognise that fashion isn’t just an object or a retail experience but is a rich economy and culture that impacts upon all sectors of society. It will be a celebration of the role that perfume, hair and make-up play within the culture of Glasgow, the pleasure that people take in dressing up and going out, as well as the politics of adornment and enhancement.
The festival programme will move beyond a straightforward series of retail events to include workshops, film screenings, talks, exhibitions and performances all with the aim of providing an embodied approach to engagement with the programme that will appeal to a wide range of audiences.