Clothes… and Other Things That Matter | With Alexandra Shulman In Conversation with Hannah MacInnes
What stories do our clothes tell? What do they mean to us? Join the former editor of British Vogue for a self-deprecating, honest and moving reflection of her life to date.
“As I thought about what to do with the clothes, I became more interested in what the different items had meant to me. About why I had bought them. What I hoped I might feel wearing them. Why some things I had bought again and again. Why we wear the things we wear and why some we keep and get rid of others. Which we attach an emotional value to and why. And what could be said about the world we live in by looking at the clothes we wear.” – Alexandra Shulman
From the bra to the bikini, the trench coat to trainers, the slip dress to the suit, clothes are rarely just clothes. Ex-British Vogue editor Alexandra Shulman explores their meaning in our lives and in her own – considering how our wardrobes intersect with the career ladder, motherhood, romance, sexual identity, failure, body image and celebrity.
In conversation with Hannah MacInnes, she’ll mix personal memories, observation and fashion history to look at how the clothes we wear – and choose not to wear – are the evocative and compelling companions to the lives we lead.
Alexandra Shulman is a journalist, consultant and commentator. She was Editor-in-Chief of British Vogue from 1992–2017, the magazine’s longest serving editor. She has been Trustee of the National Portrait Gallery and The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity and is an honorary fellow of the University of the Arts. She won 2017 Periodical Publishers Association Editor’s Editor Award and The Drapers Award 2017 for Outstanding Contribution to Fashion. She is Vice President of The London Library and was awarded the CBE in the 2017 New Year’s Honours List. She has a weekly column in the Mail on Sunday, is a contributor to other national newspapers and has written two novels: Can We Still Be Friends? and The Parrots. Inside Vogue: The Diary of My 100th Year was published by Fig Tree in October 2016. Alexandra was featured in a three-part primetime BBC series on Vogue’s centenary year in 2016.
Hannah MacInnes is a Freelance Journalist, Interviewer and Podcast host. She is a regular at the How To Academy and also interviews at a number of other major literary events. She has co-hosted on London’s Talk Radio and written for the Radio Times, the Evening Standard and TLS. Before going Freelance she worked for 8 years at BBC Newsnight, as Planning Editor and as a Producer / Filmmaker.