Narrative Thread: Conversations on Fashion Collections

Join author and design journalist Mark C. O’Flaherty as he shares some of the stories featured in his new book in this online talk.

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Join author and design journalist Mark C. O’Flaherty in this online talk as he shares some of the stories featured in his book Narrative Thread: Conversations on Fashion Collections.

“Clothes from our past shape who we are, and who we will be. Why do we hold on to certain garments and what do they tell us and others about our lives?”

In the book, Mark C. O’Flaherty asks 14 individuals who work with or use clothes in a unique way: how has fashion created something significant in your life? Through fascinating conversations, and photoshoots of their private collections, in New York, London and Milan, he constructs a portrait of each person through their intimate relationships with fashion, featuring The Idiosyncratic Fashionistas, Charlie Casely-Hayford, John Matheson (McQueen Vault), Sandy Powell, Stephen Jones, Carla Sozzani, Winn Austin, Carmen Haid, Susanne Bartsch, Karlo Steel, Karim Rashid, Steven Philip, and Desmond is Amazing.

As part of this talk, he will discuss how those featured in the book have used fashion as a vessel for memory or identity to develop their own narratives, and what our relationship with clothing says about its changing nature as a commodity?

About the presenter

Mark C. O’Flaherty has been a design journalist and photographer based between London and New York for over 20 years. Before that, he was a DJ, music photographer, visual installation artist in nightclubs and show producer at London Fashion Week. He is a regular contributor to the Financial TimesHTSINew York Times and Sunday Times, and has shot for Issey Miyake, Hermès, Knoll, Nobu and numerous international editions of AD and Elle Décor, and World of Interiors.


Upon booking, you will receive an automatic booking confirmation email which includes details on how to access this event. This talk will be live-streamed on Microsoft Teams and you will receive a unique access link via email prior to the event. Ticket sales are suspended two hours before the start of the event.

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The talk starts at the time specified above and lasts for approximately 1.5 hours, followed by a Q&A session at the end.

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