Bridport Arts Newsletter

There’s No Business Like ‘Sew’ Business    

Bridport Arts Centre is gearing up for it’s week (4-10 March) of discussions, films and talks all linked to fashion and sewing.

Curtis Fulcher, Director of Bridport Arts Centre, an experienced costume designer and maker has dedicated a week in the programme with talks about the Royal wardrobe, Saville Row and the Great British Sewing Bee.

Curtis will start the week (Monday 4 March) by discussing the Tudors and what they wore. A period of history that could arguably be the first to influence trends and styles through the portraiture of the time. This was an era that had an egotistic King (Henry VIII) and lots of portraits of his six wives for fashion historians to study. Curtis has made a couple of recreations from the time specifically for the talk which he will demonstrate with questions.

This is then followed by a visit from the Curators of Bath Museum of Fashion (Wednesday 6 March) who will talk about their special exhibition on the Royal Wardrobe from Queen Alexandra, Princess Margaret, the Queen Mother and our current Queen. On the same day we have author, TV presenter and tailor James Sherwood leading a discussion on his studies and time on Saville Row.

Bridport Museum have kindly opened their doors into their textiles for a unique guided tour of their collection of costume, textile and fashion from the last 150 years. There are only a limited number of tickets for this event.

Films throughout the week look at Fashion past and present; McQueen, Coco Before Chanel, Love Cecil and Yves Saint Laurent.

On Saturday (9 March) we have two previous contestants; Jamie Kemp and Heather Jacks (who won the Great British Sewing Bee on season 2). Both will lead talks – Jamie will look at Pattern Drafting and Adapting and Heather on how to read a pattern – hints and tips. There are only a few tickets left for these.

The Great British Sewing Bee graces our screens next Tuesday 12 February. There will be a live Q&A with Jamie and Heather about behind the scenes, as well as bringing along your sewing projects for hints and tips.

More information about all of these events can be found online. Here is the full list of events:

Tudors and Historical Fashion – Monday 4 March | 7pm – LAST FEW TICKETS 
Bath Museum of Costume, Royal Women – Wednesday 6 March | 11am
James Sherwood, The London Cut – Wednesday 6 March | 7pm
Bridport Museum Behind the Scenes – Thursday 7 March | 11am 
Film: McQueen – Thursday 7 March | 7.30pm
Sewing for Kids – Saturday 9 March | 11am – SOLD OUT
Jamie Kemp, Pattern Drafting and Adapting – Saturday 9 March | 11am – LAST FEW TICKETS
Heather Jacks, Reading a Pattern – Saturday 9 March | 2pm
Great British Sewing Bee Q&A – Saturday 9 March | 7pm
Film: Coco Before Chanel – Sunday 10 March | 11am
Film: Love, Cecil – Sunday 10 March 2pm
Film:Yves Saint Laurent – Sunday 10 March 7pm


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