A Postcard from Abroad: Duro Olowu and Nicola Thorp

This is my last post until September – time to take a little summer break! However, just before I go, here’s two interesting events during August that represent both the everyday and the out of the ordinary aspects of fashion and dress.

Making and Unmaking is an exhibition drawing the work of over 70 artists spanning the last two centuries together with an emphasis on ‘cultural identity, sexuality and the representation of the body’ as understood often through the medium of textiles. Curated by fashion designer Duro Olowu, the exhibition refers to his ongoing interest in fabric, pattern and colour.  I love the idea of a fashion designer putting together a collection of art that is informed by cloth, thread and shape, which is why I will be seeing it next week.

Making and Unmaking: An exhibition curated by Duro Olowu, Camden Arts Centre, 19 June – 18 September 2016, Free entry

Nicola Thorp’s black flat shoes

Nicola Thorp was in the news earlier this year when she refused to change her black flat shoes for high heels as demanded by the firm that had hired her that day as a temporary receptionist.  Challenging their ‘female grooming policy’ resulted in Thorp being sent home with no pay. Subsequently, Thorp began a petition to have these types of policies debated in Parliament and recently donated her black flat shoes to Hackney Museum where they are now on public display.

Hackney Museum, Open everyday except Mondays and Sundays, Free entry

Have a restful summer 🙂



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