This week marks the launch of Iain R. Webb’s new book As Seen in BLITZ: Fashioning ’80s Style. The ICA is celebrating the event with a series of talks and film screenings.
Webb’s monograph focuses on the lasting influence of the style and culture bible, which emerged amongst the new wave of independent publications in London during the early 1980s like i-D and The Face.
In a world of New Romantics, a hedonistic nightlife and post-punk fashion, BLITZ explored ideas of transformation, beauty, glamour and sex through its imagery and featured legendary contributors such as Leigh Bowery, Nick Knight, Bodymap, Katharine Hamnett, Vivienne Westwood and Andrew Logan.
Relive the best of the 80s this weekend by checking out the publication and visiting the ICA.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s latest exhibition devotes itself to the last true subculture: the safety-pinned, in-your-face-spitting world of punk.
Tracing the subculture’s path from underground youth movement to haute couture influence, the exhibition features designers including Vivienne Westwood, Karl Lagerfeld and Riccardo Tisci, as well as music icons such as Johnny Rotten, Sid Vicious and The Clash.
Take a tour of the exhibition with the show’s curator Andrew Bolton in the video below.
Punk: Chaos to Couture is on display from May 9 to August 14.
Tonight the 4th Estate Literary Salon will be discussing feminism, fashion and the facts of life.
Guardian columnist Hadley Freeman will be in conversation with The Vagenda founders Holly Baxter and Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett. Their lively discussions will be chaired by Freeman’s fellow journalist Rebecca Nicholson.
If an evening of thought-provoking and at times controversial topics are your cup of tea, head on over to The Book Club tonight.
The 4th Estate Literary Salon begins at 7.30pm tonight at The Book Club, 100 Leonard Street, EC2 4RH.
There is perhaps no title that defines literary overkill quite like FiftyShades ofGrey. The purpose being to seemingly fulfill the intimate fantasies of the every day woman, it was the book on everybody’s lips last year. However, a direct response to James’ novel (although probably unlikely to achieve the same level of fame and a potential clothing line) proves that Mr Christian Grey simply wasn’t for everyone.
FiftyShadesofFeminism is a collection of fifty women’s thoughts on what being a woman today means to them. The book contains thoughts from politicians, youth and cultural leaders, barristers, actors and writers to name a few— from Siri Hustvedt and Jeanette Winterson to Ahdaf Soueif and Linda Grant.
Released fifty years after the publication of TheFeminineMystique, the book is a product of editor Lisa Appignanesi’s beliefs, “In any event, we were leaving Grey to become a spectrum of 50 vibrant varieties of feminism — women who can rally round Malala Yousafzai, or the victims of gang rape, acknowledge that the sheer accessibility of violence in sexuality is having terrible effects on our children’s lives, and speak out about sexist practices, while agreeing that our taste in books, humour, lifestyles or political parties can be quite different.”
Fifty Shades of Feminism is now available and published by Guardian Books.
It’s been twenty years this month since Kathleen Hanna, Tobi Vail and Kathy Wilcox AKA Bikini Kill last toured the UK with the new found intention of liberating girls through the punk scene.
Cited as a strong influence by nearly all major female groups and artists, from the Spice Girls to Beth Ditto, it’s hard to imagine the state of the music industry today if Riot Grrrl had never happened.
Twin takes a look back through the group’s live performances; bold, raw and the driving force behind what we know now as girl power.
Student films get a bad rep, with cliches of shaky footage, bad lighting and even worse scripts being the norm. But even the queen of pop Madonna obtained some of her first media exposure in a short film entitled The Egg. If it works for Madge, then surely there is some unexplored potential to be found in this arena.
Helping charter this territory is Screentest Festival, an event championing the UK’s undiscovered Bigelows and Boyles. Since 2004, the annual festival has been bringing together a vast range of aspiring film talent. From drama to documentary, flicks from every genre will be screened alongside workshops and talks with industry figures, making it the ideal place for those looking to get their reels onto the big screen and curious film aficionados alike.
Screentest Festival runs from March 22 – 24 at South Bank University, 103 Borough Rd , SE1 0AA.
Twin loves a bit of unisex dressing and a good old designer collaboration or two. Thankfully, Dr. Martens and Brutus Trimfit have joined forces for yet another season to create what might possibly be the unisex match-made-in-heaven. For decades, these two heritage brands have been synonymous with sub-cultural style, acquiring a dedicated cult following of fans along the way. The duo’s latest collection in particular pays homage to the Suedeheads of the late 1960s with a re-creation of Brutus’ iconic gingham ’69 shirt plastered in a classic Dr. Marten’s cherry red and mustard yellow colourway.
In 2011, bored with the under representation of women within their respective industries, Teo Connor and Loren Platt decided it was time for a change. In conjunction with the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day, the W Project was born. Its intent is to celebrate women working across the creative industries through a lively mixture of events and activities.
Now in its third year, the duo have released their first publication honouring International Women’s Day 2013. It features the visual journey of 33 creative females, including Rose Blake, Emmi Salonen, Morag Myserscough, Shaz Madani, Chrissie Macdonald and a foreword written by Liz Farelly.
Not only is the book beautifully packaged and presented, but all proceeds go to the Refuge charity, who provide support to women and children escaping domestic violence in the UK. Clearly women of their word, we can’t wait to see what Teo and Loren produce next time around.