A Feral Studio: Prof Amy de la Haye

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A Feral Studio


Clubroom, Centre for Contemporary Arts, Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow


30 Apr 2015
18:30 - 20:00



A lipstick trace on Anne Messel’s (1902-1992) wedding dress
courtesy Amy de la Haye

A Feral Studio: Prof Amy de la Haye

Event info

A Feral Studio presents 

Objects of a Passion: Fashion in the Context of the Museum
Professor Amy de la Haye

This lecture draws upon Amy de la Haye’s professional practices over the last 10 years. It will explore the first two exhibitions that included modern fashion at the Victoria & Albert Museum – Britain Can Make it (1946) and Fashion: An Anthology by Cecil Beaton (1971). She will then discuss her own - more socio-historical and biographical - curatorial strategies within three exhibitions. Using worn and unworn historical garments, de la Haye has constructed various narratives about women’s lives and devised distinctive curatorial strategies for each.

Professor Amy de la Haye is the Rootstein Hopkins Chair of Dress History & Curatorship and Joint Director (with Judith Clark) for the research Centre for Fashion Curation at London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London. From 1991-1999 she was Curator of Twentieth Century Dress at the V&A. Recent publications include Worth: A Portrait of an Archive with Valerie D Mendes (V&A, 2014), Exhibiting Fashion: Before & After 1971 with Judith Clark (Yale, 2014) and her second of her children’s book Clara Button and the Wedding Day Surprise (2014). She curated the international touring film The Violet Hour, which formed part of the 1914 Now: Four Perspectives on Fashion Curation (along with Judith Clark, Kaat Debo and Walter Van Beirendonck, commissioned by Alison Moloney).