Home / Away introduced by Christopher Breward and Mairi MacKenzie
The Poetry Club, SWG3, 100 Eastvale Place, G3 8QG
Thursday 31 July, 7-9pm
In association with Fashion Cultures, part of the Merchant City Festival at Festival 2014
Exploring the influences of graphic designer Emlyn Firth and weave designer Angharad McLaren’s set of merino wool scarves, this public talk intends to look at traditional and contemporary sportswear in Scotland, from tweed to tracksuits. Invited speakers Christopher Breward and Mairi MacKenzie will discuss this rich theme through the lens of identity and subcultural style. Following the talks The Poetry Club will play host to an evening of music and live visuals inspired by the these themes.
Christopher Breward is a widely published historian of fashion, interested in its relationship to social and sexual identity, place and concepts of modernity. He is Professor of Cultural History at the University of Edinburgh, where he also holds the positions of Principal of Edinburgh College of Art and Vice Principal of the University (Creative Arts). Christopher was trained at the Courtauld Institute (BA) and the Royal College of Art (MA, PhD), London, and has subsequently taught at Manchester Metropolitan University, the Royal College of Art and London College of Fashion. Before taking up his post at Edinburgh University he was Head of Research at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London.
Mairi MacKenzie is Research Fellow in Fashion and Textiles at Glasgow School of Art. She is a fashion historian, writer and curator, and her research seeks to understand not just what was worn and by whom, but why it was worn and what the relationship is between the clothes that we wear and our culture. In particular she is concerned with the connections between fashion, popular culture and music.
This event is free but ticketed. Follow this link to book your place