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09 December 2014

Milliner Mary Franck on designing for the British Library Shop

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Mary Franck set up her business in July 2011 and is an emerging talent in millinery. Based in East London, she designs and makes seasonal and ready-to-wear collections.

To tie in with our Terror and Wonder: The Gothic Imagination exhibition, Mary designed a beautiful purple lace bow headpiece and spikey skull cap in collaboration with the Library, to be sold in the British Library Shop.

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As we’ve mentioned in previous articles (see our post on Gothic fashion), gothic literature and goth culture continues to have a huge influence on fashion, from the catwalks to streetwear.

We asked Mary to tell us a little bit about herself and to show us some of her work.

“I studied History and History of Art at university in London. After graduating, I worked at Christie’s auction house for two years in the Arms & Armour Department; I can definitely say that this background has influenced my designs. I launched the label Mary Franck in July 2011 and currently work from an East London studio designing season collections as well as collaborating with designers and stylists.”

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“I was approached by the buyer for the British Library Shop in June about collaboration. Bespoke hats are a new venture for the BL Shop and I was asked to design a number of headpieces in-keeping with the new 'Gothic' exhibition of which Duncan selected two designs, which I realised and are available to purchase in store and online.”

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“To create a seasonal collection, I choose a theme that inspires me and start sketching designs drawing on that theme - whether it be a period in history, a genre of art (my latest Spring/Summer 2015 collection was inspired by Pop Art and the 1970s) or something as literal as spices - like my Spring/Summer 2014 collection.”

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“I have just started creating my next collection - Autumn/Winter 2015-16 which will be launched in February. I am also working on some exciting collaborations as well as orders for some exciting new stockists.”

See Mary’s Gothic-inspired hats on the British Library Shop website

 

25 November 2014

Maggie Semple turns the British Library's Olga Hirsch Archive into Fashion Collection

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Maggie Semple OBE's career spans broadcasting, print and digital media. In October 2010 she founded Maggie Semple Limited (MSL) to coincide with the publication of her book ‘Women, Fashion, Stories’ and now uses the concept behind the book to host ‘Semple Secrets’ a series of conversations with inspirational women from a diverse range of fields. She also sits on the British Library Board.

The MSL Fashion team is proud to announce the launch of its first clothing collection designed by the incredibly talented Laura Ralph, in association with the Library. Laura is an up-and-coming designer whose signature ‘two-pieces’ have been featured in Italian Grazia, German Elle and The Telegraph.

The collection takes inspiration from the British Library Olga Hirsch collection of decorated papers, which includes over 3,500 sheets of paper and 130 books in paper wrappers or decorated with end-leaves. The papers can be marbled, embossed or block printed and have been collected from around the world, from Japan to Italy.

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Olga Hirsch, nee Ladenburg, came from a prominent Frankfurt family. After her marriage to industrialist and music collector Paul Hirsch in 1911, she became intrigued by the decorated papers used to cover music scores in her husband’s library and began to research and collect them. During the 1930s, the family moved from Germany to Cambridge and the British Library subsequently acquired both the music library and decorated paper collection.

The MSL Fashion team, recognising an emerging trend for coordinates, and with a passion to work with new British talent, chose to work with Laura Ralph to select three of the papers and turn them into beautiful prints. The final pieces are made from eco-friendly, 100% cotton and manufactured in the UK.

Being ethical is very important to MSL, therefore the printing, designing and creating was all done with this in mind. They worked with the Centre for Advanced Textiles to print the fabrics as their digital textile printing process is recognised as reducing dye wastage. Laura worked with a team of locally sourced and trained seamstresses who are paid above the UK living wage for their skills.

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Digitising patterns originally created for paper was a first for the team, and the process was trial and error. The first challenge was to create a repeating pattern and the second to redesign the original initial design. Following this, the prints were sent off to be printed onto cotton, steam washed and finished. The pieces are then completely hand made by Laura Ralph and her group of UK seamstresses – they were cut out individually by hand, sewn with an overlocker and then a sewing machine to finish the seams.

You can buy the pieces online.

Find out more about the Library's Olga Hirsch collection.

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19 November 2014

From Street Goth to Health Goth: why Goth fashion never dies

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Geraldine Wharry is one of our guest bloggers. She is creative director of Trend Atelier, a trend forecasting consultancy based in London with clients ranging from WGSN to Samsung. We asked her to research the influence of gothic on fashion, to tie in with our current exhibition: Terror and Wonder, the Gothic Imagination. You can see more Gothic articles here and also on the Library's Gothic Pinterest board. This is what Geraldine told us.

The Goth subculture and style permutations associated with it have continuously held their place in fashion since the seventies. Weaving in and out of different influences, it’s a difficult group to pin down to one defined aesthetic but what has remained consistent is the Goth’s love for the undead and all things dark and macabre, with different offshoots ranging from Steam Punk to Japanese street style. It’s a fashion medley embracing Victorian influences just as much as Science Fiction and at times pink hair, making it a very rich subject to follow as a trend forecaster. The most evident glue between High fashion and the Goth subculture is the theatrical drama essential to its backdrop.

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More recently, Goth fashion has entered the realm of street wear and hip-hop culture with designers such as Rick Owens, Alexander Wang and Hood By Air leading the way. Paris-based American designer Rick Owens, the most pivotal to this latest interpretation of Goth style, has his own cult following which includes rapper A$ap Rocky. With coveted sneaker namesake designs and signature long line tees, it wasn’t long before the Rick Owens look made a great impact on the entire hip hop world. By early 2013, the term Street Goth made it big on the fashion scene and was adopted by the likes of Kanye West, Drake and Jay-Z.

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What is interesting about Rick Owens’s influence on street wear is the paradox. Whilst dark and macabre, his collections have an introspective and monastic quality, a far cry from hip-hop’s usual bling and swagger. Owens is most famous for his cloak shapes inspired by the monk’s “habit” which he reworks into sculptural creations, layered and wrapped silhouettes which can evoke Frankenstein’s bride’s dress. His cultural references are far more complex, but some interesting links are worth highlighting such as the makeup used in his Spring Summer 2015 collection, reminiscent of Japanese Butoh dancers, known as “the dance of darkness”. Rick Owens has been able to combine such references with street culture, making a big statement with American dance crew “Step with Momentum” who modeled his Spring Summer 2014 collection whilst crumping and stomping. The link with music and self-expression is prevalent in Street Goth style with one group standing out - which could also be compared to Frankenstein and his bride– Die Antwoord the South African counterculture rave group often connected with designer Alexander Wang.

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More recent fashion labels are emerging out of New York’s scene such as Hood By Air’s, designed by Shayne Oliver who brings an anarchist and warrior quality to his collections inspired by a fallen hero, civil protest and street warfare. In line with HBA and Alexander Wang in New York, Nasir Mazhar in London, street wear labels are replacing dominant logos with messages around death, oblivion and anger - all within a black and white palette.

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There is a Ninja fighter quality to street Goth style, one we could also link to Samurai armours because of the silhouette. One of the key aspects to the Street Goth “uniform” is multiple layering and skirt length tees, shorts or skirts worn over skinny pants, in line with Rick Owens’s cloak like proportions mentioned earlier. Mixing surfaces, juxtaposing matte and shine with leather, jersey – even sheer fabrications – gives the monochromatic look more textural dimension. Interestingly this trend, originally led by menswear is now being picked up in Womenswear as seen in Yamamoto’s recent Adidas Y3 Spring Summer 2015 collection. Street Goth taps into youth culture, the pull between good and evil and expressing discontent, with underlying themes of urban warfare. We can also link the use of leather and elongated silhouettes with motorcycle clothing as well as cult movie character Blade, a half vampire-half mortal fighting evil.

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Health Goth

There has always been an intimate relationship between athletic clothing and street wear, therefore it wasn’t long and somewhat of a natural progression for Street Goth to influence the sports and health industry. In itself this could be seen as ironic as we don’t usually associate Goths with a healthy glow. Could the Health Goth movement be about toning your body in the most emotional, melancholic way possible? This is not the case according to Health Goth Facebook page creators Mike Grabarek and Jeremy Scott (the latter not to be confused with the fashion designer). Health Goth combines subcultural including Goth and cyber punk with the mainstream world of sport, bringing Goth fashion into a whole new context, tying itself to “Accelerationist aesthetics” a movement which looks at how subcultures can develop in our capitalist society, whilst subverting its visual codes – in this case Nike and Adidas.

One of the attendees at our recent talk “The New Black: from subculture to high culture“ at the British Library pointed out that Health Goth also originated from the need to sustain a lifestyle of clubbing and nocturnal habits. The fact is the media is jumping on the new term “Health Goth”, emboldened by the trend for dark monochromatic athletic gear and irony of comparing macabre aesthetics with Yoga clothing. Only time will tell how this trend will evolve as we see Goth fashion continue to navigate seamlessly from one style category to another.

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17 November 2014

How the British Library supports fashion researchers and designers

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If you are involved in fashion design, history and research, we can help you.


Be inspired by our collections

Inspiration can be found everywhere and our collections showcase not just fashion items from different eras and different countries but also prints, colours, shapes and textures. For example our Japanese collection contains original kimono pattern book designs from before the twentieth century and the most wonderful print designs, abstract lotus flowers and beautiful Japanese and Chinese calligraphy.  

Central Saint Martins History of Fashion students recently created a pdf guide for fashion researchers to the British Library collections.

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We have an extensive archive of fashion magazines ranging from the early nineteenth century up to modern day including Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, i-D and Elle. These original magazines have been maintained and looked after carefully by our newspaper collections curators and show the changing yet slightly cyclical nature of fashion. Some magazines, such as American Vogue, are also available as e-resources in our Reading Rooms.

So how can you use the archive?  You need to get a free Reader Pass to see our collections in our Reading Rooms in London and Boston Spa, Yorkshire. These short animations should help get you started.


Get help with the business side of things

In our Business & IP Centre you can get advice and support on working for yourself and setting up your own business. This could include business planning, finance, market research (we have some amazing reports on retail trends, for example) and intellectual property. We run a full programme of events, networking and one-to-one advice sessions. Some sessions are tailored to a fashion audience - 'Make it, Sell it' speed mentoring, workshops with the Design Trust and Fashion Angel and workshops and webinars with fashion trends forecaster Geraldine Wharry (WGSN, Samsung) in the Centre. Read her overview of fashion trend forecasting here.

Lastly, if you have already set up in business, you could benefit from our EU-funded Innovating for Growth programme.

Watch this video with ethical fashion designer Lucy Tamman on how she has used the Library:

Use our building as a backdrop for shoots and fashion shows

The Library’s stunning St Pancras venue has been used for fashion shows (see our article on events and shows with YMC (You Must Create) and Central Saint Martins).  

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Image: YMC menswear fashion show at the British Library

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The Library has worked with a number of fashion-related partners including Central Saint Martins, London College of Fashion, British Fashion Council, Fashion Angel, Trend Atelier and Etsy UK.

Read more fashion-related blog articles here

 

11 November 2014

Beginner’s guide to Fashion Trend Forecasting with Geraldine Wharry

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Over the last few years I’ve worked closely with fashion forecaster Geraldine Wharry; she helps the British Library analyse its collections in the context of the latest trends, and help educate SMEs on how trends can impact their business. She is creative director of Trend Atelier, a trend forecasting consultancy based in London with clients ranging from WGSN to Samsung.

On Wed 03 December 2014, Geraldine will be running the next instalment of her sell-out workshop: Fashion Forecasting: Trend hunting and gathering in the Business & IP Centre. The session will cover key design trends for 2016/2017 set to influence womenswear, menswear, accessories and footwear, interiors and graphics. Attendees will also get direction on colour and textile designs and see the latest ways designers are using technology and artisanship.

So what is fashion forecasting? Here is Geraldine’s overview.

Identifying a trend is a continuous effort of compiling observations. I call it "hunting and gathering". It requires a lot of curiosity and interest in a wide array of subjects ranging from art and design, reaching over to science, technology, socio-economics, architecture, retail, food as well as travel to name a few.

Whilst gathering facts, at the root of it is also a personal intuition and an eye for what's next, that can't be taught or necessarily explained. Personally I'm constantly collecting ideas and images and have built an archive over many years of designing and researching. Once I see there is a flurry of images with a particular concept running through, it's very easy to see this is a trend, although sometimes a single image can be so powerful that it triggers an instant conviction.

Within that process, there is a compass to guide trend forecasters. The first step is to understand the difference between short-term forecasting and long-term forecasting. This differentiation is key as the timing of a trend prediction is everything. With fashion trends now omnipresent on the internet and having an immediate global impact on consumers, often stemming from bloggers, celebrities and the wide coverage of catwalk shows, there is what we call the “Close-to-Season” fashion cycle. Some trends get massive attention in the press, on the high street and can last a year or so until they suffer from “over exposure” and consumers are ready to go to the next trend. The way these trends can continue past that time frame is if they are updated, which also makes the job of a fashion forecaster a “trend tracker”, guiding clients on how to “refresh” a successful trend.

On the flip side of the coin, some trends are very forward thinking, more embedded in art, innovation in materials, developments in science and technology, consumer behaviours. We call these “Macro trends” or “Big ideas” and they require in-depth investigation and research for what is emerging. Trend forecasting agencies or creative consultants like myself outline future scenarios based on research compiled from experts all over the world, combing through hundreds of references. For this, the creative vision required is strengthened and validated by attending industry events, panel talks, exhibitions as well as brainstorming with thought leaders. This research can take months.

Another element to keep in mind is that some trends are perennial and so embedded in our common fashion vocabulary that they never fully go away, for example fifties fashion or military inspired clothing. One of my favourite and iconic trend forecasters, Lidewij Edelkoort, says "trend forecasting is much like archaeology but to the future". We forecast future trends, but we also look to the past. It is important for trend forecasters to have a very good knowledge of what was designed 10 years, 40 years or over 100 years ago. Every trend has its roots somewhere in history. So whilst you're looking forward, you're also referencing the past and the resonance and space between the two make for a very rich statement. This is something I often do when working on trend reports for key shapes or key details. I research fashion history books, blogs, or interior design for example and it's very interesting to see the commonalities with what's being designed today. You realize it's one big creative loop that is constantly growing and updating itself.

The biggest challenge more recently has been the increasing amount of trends converging. Angelo Vaccarelo’s article for the Business of Fashion, states “In today’s hyper-saturated, ultra-fragmented landscape, talking about trends is, frankly, pointless […] everything is happening at once”. Which in itself is a trend. We are indeed experiencing a hybrid fashion cycle made of different trends and aesthetics co-existing in a complex eco-system. And trend forecasters are there to make sense of this and guide fashion companies to make the most relevant choices for their brand d.n.a. and consumer taste. In addition, Spring catwalks contain Fall clothing and vice-versa. So it’s possible in the future we won’t forecast trends as seasonally as we used to.

So we have reached an interesting time in fashion and thus the world of trend forecasting. Somewhat of a paradox. Suzi Menkes pointed this out regarding individual style stating “there is no longer a time gap between when a small segment of fashion-conscious people pick up a trend and when it is all over the sidewalks”. Because of instant globalization, we are witnessing a level of sameness, whether it’s on the streets, in fashion editorials and shop floors from New York to Bangkok, Paris and London. However, there are many influences seen in fashion right now and the looks can be very eclectic. I call it the “Cut & Paste” era of dragging and dropping images and mixing fashion messages. For trend forecasters, this is an exciting challenge. Of course we are very inspired by bloggers and viral phenomena on the Internet, but we also have to make sense of all of this, promote innovation and think outside of the box. Otherwise, what would be our added value?

Trend forecasting is a highly creative and intellectual field that is also very grounded in factual research and the practicalities of business. I'm a very creative person, but also very pragmatic – sometimes my left and right brain completely merge. Our role is to inspire as well as enable the right business decisions for companies navigating an extremely competitive and fast changing landscape. The design industry relies heavily on us to back up their business decisions with research and data on for example their colour choices for the next season. This could make or break their sales numbers. Although I believe we are in a highly challenging therefore thought provoking cycle, companies are still very shy about taking risks. So trend forecasters bring that extra level of confidence. Through my trend seminars and courses, it's almost like I've become a motivational speaker which is very interesting and something I didn’t necessarily plan for but happened organically when I became a trend forecaster.

Here is a sneak peak at the key concepts for SS16 and early AW16/17 which Geraldine Wharry will present at her next trend forecasting seminar in our Business & IP Centre.

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You can find out more about Geraldine on her website, blog and on Twitter.

Cultures of the Dark Side: A day of Fashion and Music at the British Library

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On Sunday we held a full-day of gothic inspired events at the Library, to tie in with our current exhibition Terror and Wonder: The Gothic Imagination.

I went to two of the events - the first with Dave McKean and Andy Vella on 'the art of the gothic album sleeve' and the second called the 'new black: from subculture to high culture' with fashion historian Amber Jane Butchart, academics Dr Catherine Spooner and Royce Mahawatte, designer Nange Magro and fashion forecaster Geraldine Wharry.

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Dave McKean and Andy Valla talked about their love of experimental, tactile design – playing with photographic processes, hand created fonts, drawings, paintings and collage. For example, Andy made his font for the Cure’s album sleeve using a cotton bud, some bleach and photographic paper. You can read a full write up here.

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Image: Audience for 'the art of the gothic album sleeve'

The second event hurtled through the history of goth and gothic-inspired fashion. Here’s a quick definition: ‘goth’ is a subculture from the 1980s onwards and is a collection of smaller subcultures e.g. Victoriana, lolita, hip hop gothic, steampunk and health gothic. Whereas 'gothic’ is a much broader term and embraces art, architecture, literature and film - think beauty in decay, vampires, ghosts, churches, graveyards, etc. Its influence spreads to fashion in many ways from dandyish portrayals of vampires to monastic tailoring trends in menswear.

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There was also a gothic-themed market and DJs.

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In case you were wodnering what you'd wear to such an event, I thought I'd share with you some images of our lovely audience.

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 You could also follow the conversation on Twitter at #BLGothic. 

 All images taken by Luca Sage.

 

06 November 2014

Cultures of the dark side: Meet our Gothic stall-holders

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On Sunday 9 November 2014, as part of the Library’s Cultures of the Dark Side: A day of Gothic music and fashion, we’ll be running a pop-up market in the British Library Entrance Hall. Come and meet our stall-holders:

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Annabel de Vetten, Conjurer’s Kitchen
Annabel de Vetten is the creative brains behind Conjurer's Kitchen. Formerly trained as a sculptor, and having made a full-time living as a successful fine art painter, Annabel is taking the cake world by storm, presenting cake and other food art that's well outside the fare you'd find in your local bakery. Drawing inspiration from the things she loves - horror movies, alternative art, and whatever strikes her fancy, Annabel's creations have been featured TV and in the national press.

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Benjamin Phillips is a London-based artist and illustrator. His work can be both charming and amusing whilst at other times more sinister and melancholy. Offering a glimpse into strange and abstract narratives his creative works are heavily laced with humour. His art has been exhibited in galleries and print publications across the world, but has also been applied to book covers, album sleeves and other merchandise. 

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Face Lace

Face Lace is a British brand specialising in ready to wear Makeup designs. It launched in 2012 and was founded by Phyllis Cohen. She is a make-up artist who is famous for her intricate designs and bold fashion. The designs won’t fade or smudge and can be re-used. All of the designs are made in the studio, by hand, in small high quality runs. Face Lace now has retailers in 16 countries. Phyllis has also used the British Library’s collections and her products are being stocked in our Shop. 

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Helen Norman
Kitsch from the Krypt focuses on Helen's main interests; kitschy colours and gaudy jewels with images and icons of horror, macabre and cult favourites. When she creates her jewellery and accessories her tongue is firmly in her cheek.

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Jack Penny
Jack Penny is an illustrative artist whose work takes inspiration from the unseen characteristics of people. Jack is drawn to human imperfection - the obscure and secret - the parts we try to hide. He takes these individualities and highlights them in bold, loud colours and abstractions, creating uneasy, often gothic work.

 

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Jazmine Miles-Long

Jazmine Miles-Long is an ethical taxidermist working only with animals that have died from natural causes or as road casualties. Jazmine produces modern, naturalistic taxidermy on commission for artists, museums, conservation studios, collectors and photographers among others. She is also on the committee of The Guild of Taxidermists and is the Editor of their annual journal.

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Phoebe Richardson
Phoebe Richardson is a London-based graphic designer. Her range of Bone China has received press in a number of publications including The Book of Skulls (Lawrence King) and magazines including GQ, Stylist, Time Out, Living Etc and Sunday Times Style. Other work includes music packaging for the Pixies and David Lynch with artistic direction from Vaughan Oliver. Phoebe is currently redesigning the website for luxury fashion retailer Jaeger, whilst continuing to sell anatomical china to people who love bones. She has also used the British Library collections for inspiration.

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Sarah Healey's unique skulptural skulls reflect a fascination for the macabre with twists of eccentricity. Using real bird skulls she creates exclusive one off pieces using an eclectic mix of materials and themes. The symbolic contrast between beauty and decay. These captivating sculptures can be worn as brooches, hatpins, hairpieces and pendants.


You can find out more about the day on the British Library website (look out for our Gothic fashion event at 1.45pm.


21 October 2014

Top picks from the British Library’s Gothic season

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Alongside our Terror and Wonder: The Gothic Imagination exhibition, we’re running a packed programme of spooky talks, workshops and a fabulous Halloween LATE. Here are some of my favourites.

Terror and Wonder: Curator-led Tours
Tue 7 Oct 2014 – Thu 15 Jan 2015
Meet our curators and have a personal tour around the exhibition.

Anne Rice’s Prince Lestat: Midnight Book Launch
Wed 29 Oct 2014, 22:00
The Queen of the Undead is back, with her first Vampire Chronicle in over a decade – marking the return of one of the most popular vampires of all time. This is a very rare event: you’ll get to explore our Gothic exhibition after dark, meet author Anne Rice and as the clock strikes midnight, receive your copy of her new book, Prince Lestat.

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Late at the Library: The Sorting
Fri 31 Oct 2014, 19:30
A funeral-inspired experience with macabre performances, music, DJs, bar and a late night opening of the exhibition. You are invited to be the guest of honour at an extraordinary funeral: your own! You’ll have an appointment at the funeral parlour with our local undertaker. Run in partnership with award-wining theatre company, Les Enfants Terribles.

The art of the 'Gothic' album sleeve
Sun 9 Nov 2014, 11:45
Hear from two of the world's most talented and prolific graphic artists, Dave McKean and Vaughan Oliver, sharing a platform for the first time to discuss their work on album covers. Dave also created our exhibition artwork. Read his interview here.

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The New Black: from subculture to high culture
Sun 9 Nov 2014, 13:45
Fashion historian, DJ and writer Amber Jane Butchart chairs a panel of innovative designers who are inspired by everything gothic, including Nange Magro, an Italian-Japanese fashion designer and founder of DeadLotusCouture, who has a passion for electronic fashion (and latex).