Vancouver Art Gallery,

Guo Pei, Couture Beyond

To open Guo Pei, Couture Beyond – the first fashion exhibition ever staged at the Vancouver Art Gallery (VAG) - the museum invited me to moderate a conversation with its subject. Guo Pei made her Paris Haute Couture debut in January 2016 and that year was named on TIME’s 100 Most Influential People and the Business of Fashion's 500 most influential people shaping global fashion.



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As Artistic Consultant of Autograph Collection Hotels’ Indie Film Project I moderated a series of panel discussions to celebrate the autumn 2017 debut of its dedicated digital film channel. The panels took place during exclusive FilmBuff premieres of the feature Gemini and also Sara Driver’s documentary, Boom For Real in Boston and Dallas, respectively.


New York Times >



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Inside the dior exhibit

To open Christian Dior - an original exhibition focusing on the early years of Christian Dior haute couture - the Royal Ontario Museum’s (ROM) invited me to moderate a conversation with its curator, Dr. Alexandra Palmer, on its opening day media preview.


National Post >



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The Black List Lunch

To launch Autograph Collection’s Independent Film Initiative during October 2016’s BFI London Film Festival, I interviewed Franklin Leonard, who is founder and CEO of the Black List.



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Marriott International

Cultural Game Changers is a panel discussion I helped to develop and chair to create awareness for Marriott International’s lifestyle division.


Press Release >


“What does next generation luxury mean to you?”

Elle Decoration >


“Sixty per cent of Marriott’s guests will be from

Generation Y in the next four years.”

Harper’s Bazaar >



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MAC Cosmetics

I am the moderator of Naomi Donne — In Conversation, a lecture series which has been staged in Mexico City, London, Rome and New York to illuminate the work of the BAFTA-award-winning makeup designer Naomi Donne.



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Swarovski Entertainment

For Swarovski Entertainment, I interviewed costume designer Carlo Poggioli about the wardrobes he produced for Carlo Carlei’s screen adaptation of Romeo and Juliet, Neil Burger’s Divergent and the Anthony Minghella films The English Patient, The Talented Mr. Ripley and Cold Mountain.



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Coco Chanel’s “Comeback Collection” was the topic of my conversation at Chanel's Bond Street, London boutique for 2012’s Fashion’s Night Out. To enhance the talk, British Vogue’s Francesca Burns conceived a special fashion show which paid tribute to Chanel’s iconic 1954 presentation.


Press Coverage Highlights:

“A treat.”

The Guardian > >



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The Arts Club

This series of fashion talks I produced and presented in 2012 to members of The Arts Club in London began with a discussion with Erdem Moralioglu, Stephen Jones, Thomas Tait and Gianluca Longo (pictured left). It concluded with a debate with Cameron Silver, Kerry Taylor and Virginia Bates.



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Dallas Museum of Art

From Cleopatra to the Duchess of Cambridge was based on my research for Costume and Fashion, A Complete History. It illuminated the evolution of fashion from ancient Egypt to present as part of the 2011 Boshell Family Lecture Series on Archaeology.




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To commemorate the launch of its Collection Princesse Grace de Monaco fine jewellery, Montblanc hired me to conceive a panel discussion about why Her Serene Highness Princess Grace of Monaco continues to inspire women.


Tatler >

Mail on Sunday >

The Guardian >



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Hudson’s Bay Company

In October 2010, Hudson’s Bay Company invited me to Toronto where I chaired a panel illuminating the department store’s historic fashion connection to England. The panelists included the directional London designers whose work is sold at HBC including Erdem, Giles Deacon, Charlotte-Olympia Dellal, Mark Fast, Nicholas Kirkwood, Jonathan Saunders and Marios Schwab.


Press Coverage >



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Upon its 250th anniversary in 2008, Wedgwood enlisted me to produce and deliver a lecture at London’s Royal Academy of Arts conveying the impact on design, culture and industry made by the company’s founder, Josiah Wedgwood.



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The Savoy

The Savoy engaged me to develop and deliver Savoy Style, an international series of talks contextualizing its 21st-century restoration. Savoy Style took place at the Royal Institute of British Architects, MoMA and Hotel Bel-Air in summer 2008.



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I inaugurated the British Film Institute’s Costume Interpreter series, staging talks at its Southbank Centre with leading Hollywood costume designers. >