If you’re looking for an interesting cultural event to attend next weekend, I might just have the right suggestion for you. I just found out about the Spring Festival at the British Library: “a celebration of film, fashion and design”.
I go to the British Library regularly, but I have to admit the events I tend to associate them with are the (excellent) talks organised by their Business & IP Centre. So it is with great interest that I read about the Spring Festival, and I wanted to pass this info on to you.
The thing is, the British Library’s collections are very varied: not ‘just’ books and journals, but anything from prints, drawings, photographs, sound recordings and fashion magazine archives. A real resource for anyone interested in the creative fields, and this year’s Spring Festival aims at sharing this knowledge and encouraging people to consider the Library when they are looking for inspiration and information in these areas.
The Spring Festival runs March 1-5, with a Fashion Flashback LATE on Friday evening. This LATE is curated by students of Central Saint Martins fashion department, and inspired by the British Library’s treasure trove of design resources. To the sounds of legendary DJ Princess Julia and Jeffrey Hinton, the night will feature fashion shows with a twist, demonstrations by collectors, inspiring workshops, costume drawing, pop-up stalls and talks by GQ editor-in-chief Dylan Jones, fashion illustrator Tanya Ling, fashion academic Iain R Webb and writer Camilla Morton. You can also get a make-over with leading make-up brand Chantecaille, style yourself in the photo booth, and have your portrait drawn by a CSM fashion illustrator.
Another date not to be missed is Monday, 4th March, when you’ll have the chance to meet iconic fashion illustrator Julie Verhoeven. Not only she created a new piece of artwork especially for Spring Festival, but she will also talk about how she came up with the piece and about her career to date.
While you’re there, pop to the Market to buy the products of designers/makers who have been inspired by the Library’s collections, from zines to photographs, and commercialised their products with the help of the Business & IP Centre.