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Fashion Walk | Huguenot to Hipster|04/05/2016 11

Exclusively for London Craft Week’ 216 Fox & Squirrel are offering their most recently developed walk route ‘ Huguenot to Hipster’ in collaboration with Whitechapel Gallery and Sir John Cass Faculty of Art, Architecture and Design.

Beginning at the Whitechapel Gallery archives we’ll discuss the artefacts from their 1988 Woven Air exhibition which focussed on Bengal embroidery.The Bengali community has been pivotal in transforming the area and impacting London’s fashion character. Following this visit we head to the last remaining Bangladeshi leather factory on Brick Lane, responsible for the Harry Potter leather costume.

From leather making we head to the warehouse of the last Jewish rag trader where we speak to the owner Philip Pitak about the rag trade, tailoring and sustainable fashion.

This walk follows the thread of London’s fashion history through the Aldgate area, home of the Huguenots and the epicentre of the UK’s rag trade roots. But, most importantly it serves as a powerful evocation of the centuries of incomers who have shaped London, with resonance for todays’s migration debates.

The tour finishes at The Cass, London Metropolitan University, Bank Space Gallery for a drink and view of an exhibition by Tandemize, supported by the British Council and hosted by curator Mah Rana.

Due to limited space we highly advise you purchase your tickets in advance.

  • About the talk/speaker
  • Penelope is the Co-Founder and Managing Director of Fox&Squirrel. She holds degrees in History from The University of Edinburgh, History of Art from the American University of Paris and speaks English, Greek and French fluently. Since graduating in 2007 she has researched and consulted a number of cultural institutions in Cyprus and Greece on ways to communicate cultural values to a younger audience, while at the same time studying at King’s College London for an MA in Cultural and Creative Industries.In 2008, Penelope completed research on The RichMix cultural foundation and its social, cultural and financial effects on East London, a dissertation which dissected the work of Munira Mirza (educational adviser to Boris Johnson, Mayor of London). Penelope has steered fashion communication campaigns and contributes to a slew of art and fashion publications, and contributes regularly fashion features to the Huffington Post, >BMM and The Industry. Penelope writes a monthly history column Remembering Mayfair for The Mayfair Magazine. Penelope leads the fashion walks for Fox&Squirrel.