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Puttin' on the Glitz - Fashion & Film in the Jazz Age

Fri 28 Mar 2014, 18.30-22.30

Conference Centre, British Library

£8, (£6 Over 60s) and £5

Amber Jane Butchart

Sold out for 28 Mar 2014, 18.30-22.30

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Film Pictorial Annual 1935, British Library Shelfmark PP.1912.FECFashion extraordinaire Amber Jane Butchart transports you to the glitz and glamour of Jazz Age Hollywood and the costumes that took London by storm. She draws on the Library's collection of vintage magazines in this talk with Christopher Laverty, editor of the popular blog Clothes on Film, who examines the flamboyantly dressed 'Dandy Gangster' as portrayed in the HBO series Boardwalk Empire.

Joan Crawford in Letty Lynton,MGM, clothesonfilm.comFrom Theda Bara and Ginger Rogers to the costume designers who became celebrities in their own right, Amber explores fashion on the big screen during the 1920s – 30s. Magazines like Photoplay and Vogue featured Hollywood stars and every detail of their costumes, exciting fans and retailers to recreate dresses like the famous ruffled gown worn by Joan Crawford in the 1932 film Letty Lynton.

London Art Fashion Journal, July 1900.British Library Images Online

Gangsters from the 1920s Prohibition era cared more for their suits, hats and shoes than anything else. They wore lavish fabrics and glaringly bright tones. Chris examines the history of the 'dandy gangster' and the specifics of his attire. He gives us exclusive access to the costumes in award-winning series Boardwalk Empire and the influence these colourful men still have on fashion today.

This event is perfect for fashion designers and students, bloggers, costume designers, film-makers and anyone interested in fashion and film.

Followed by a cocktail party hosted by The Vintage Mafia. 

Step into our boudoir and get your hair done in jazz-age style by Pretty Me Vintage before getting snapped in Hanson Leatherby’s Travelling Portrait Studio. The Vintage News will be interviewing the glitziest guests and Alex Mendham and his Orchestra - the UK’s foremost deco era dance band – will make you Charleston the night away!

Sponsored by The Eccles Centre for American Studies. Food by Peyton & Byrne.

If you can only join us for the cocktail party, please book your tickets here.

About the speakers:

Amber Jane Butchart

Amber Jane Butchart photo by Jo DuckFashion historian, writer, broadcaster and lecturer at London College of Fashion, Amber's website Theatre of Fashion is recommended by the British Fashion Council and Italian Grazia. She's appeared on BBC and has been featured in Vogue and the Guardian. Her book Amber Jane Butchart's Fashion Miscellany is out in February 2014 published by Ilex.


Christopher Laverty

Christopher Laverty photo by David WadeWriter and broadcaster Christopher Laverty has written for Mr Porter, Stylist and Empire and has been featured on HBO television. He's the creator of Clothes on Film which has made countless 'best blogs' lists, is endorsed by Ralph Lauren and hailed by BBC Radio 6 DJ Lauren Laverne as a 'Proper indie website made with mad love for its subject'.


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This event will have live subtitling for deaf, deafened and hard of hearing visitors, provided by STAGETEXT