Reinterpreting costume today
Visual cues from the past permeate contemporary costume design and culture. Often, portraits such as those found in the National Gallery, are used as source materials in a quest for replication. At other times, designers reinterpret fashions found in historic artworks into something entirely original, raising debates around authenticity and questions of inaccuracy.
Inspired by the various ways in which art history is drawn upon by contemporary makers, from period dramas to popular culture, author of 'The Golden Thread', Kassia St Clair, invites three working designers to draw upon past styles and techniques, and to discuss the extent to which they reproduce or revise historical traditions.
Kassia St Clair will be in conversation with:
- Ellen Mirojnick: Costume designer for productions including 'Bridgerton' and 'The Greatest Showman'
- Robert McCaffrey: Communications Manager of Hand & Lock, London’s premier embroidery house providing embellishment services to the Royal Family
- Zack Pinsent: Tailor of bespoke period clothing.