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Dame Vera Lynn: Dressing an Icon Panel Discussion

Wed 23 March 2022
5:00 pm
- 6:30 pm


Tickets inc. entrance to the museum and time to browse following the discussion
Doors 4.30pm

Join the museum’s curator Donna Steele, textile conservator Zenzie Tinker and Professor of Dress History and Curatorship at London College of Fashion Amy de la Haye, for a discussion about the clothes and accessories featured in the exhibition Dame Vera Lynn: an extraordinary life.

Amy will facilitate the discussion about Donna and Zenzie’s processes when selecting the garments from the collection of Dame Vera’s estate; what they tell us about her biography, and the considerations in presenting them for exhibition.

Dame Vera lived through many fashion eras: from the classic 1920s flapper styles she wore on stage as a child; simple tailored war time styles; quintessentially glamorous fitted designs of the 1950s, to relaxed floaty style of the 1970s. These many fashion styles will be thoughtfully discussed whilst reflecting the extraordinary life that Dame Vera lived.

Afterwards for those attending the talk in person you will have the chance to look around the exhibition and raise questions to the panel.

Amy de la Haye is Professor of Dress History and Curatorship at London College of Fashion. She has worked with museum dress collections for over thirty years and has a special interest in interpreting worn dress as evidence of lives lived.

Zenzie Tinker began her career with a degree in the History of Design, followed by a five year apprenticeship training in textile and tapestry conservation. She worked in museums for over a decade; at the Museum of London and then at the Victoria & Albert Museum. She now leads one of the largest private textile conservation practices in the UK undertaking work for a wide range of clients.

Donna Steele has worked in museums for over twenty-five years. At Ditchling her exhibition portfolio includes Underground:100 Years of Edward Johnston’s Lettering for London, Corita Kent: Get with the Action and Women’s Work.

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