Blitz Magazine 1980-91 and AGM

Blitz Magazine 1980-91 and AGM

Saturday 07 February 2015

First we have the business of the West of England Costume Society’s AGM to get out of the way. The record for this is 25 minutes.

Then the fun bit with Iain R Web, author and award winning fashion journalist...
Although to many of us the 1980s do not seem to fall into the category of ‘fashion history’, looking back it was a very distinctive period. The magazine Blitz, a fashion and pop culture magazine, founded in 1980 by university students Carey Labovitch and Simon Tesler was one of a trio of British “style” magazines which established a broad following internationally. It was very much a magazine of its time and the recent exhibition at the V&A From Club to Catwalk showed the influence club culture (which the magazine drew on) exerted on the fashion scene.

Jonathan Faiers, who was to have given a talk entitled 'Tartan: The textile that changed the world', is unable to do so. Instead WECS is privileged to have such a prestigious fashion journalist to talk to us and we are so grateful for his stepping in at such short notice.

Iain R Webb studied fashion design at St Martin’s School of Art (now Central Saint Martins), graduating in 1980. During his career he has been fashion editor/director of Blitz, The Evening Standard, Harpers & Queen, The Times and Elle,while contributing to various publications including New Musical Express, Saturday Telegraph, The Independent and Vogue. He won the Fashion Journalist of The Year Award two years running in 1995 and ‘96. A respected fashion writer, he is the author of Bill Gibb, Fashion and Fantasy; Foale and Tuffin: The Sixties. A Decade in Fashion, and Postcards From the Edge of the Catwalk. His latest book, As seen InBlitz: Fashioning ‘80s Style, was published in 2013. He acts as a consultant at the Fashion Museum in Bath and is Professor of Fashion at Royal College of Art.

The report on this event is included in the Spring 2015 issue of WECS Wardrobe.

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