Lynda Thomas Distinguished Lecture Series | Legendary Authors and the Clothes They Wore with Terry Newman


This lecture will look at men and women of letters whose writing bears an idiosyncratic stamp and whose style of dress does the same. With anecdotes about legendary authors’ work and wardrobe, clothes related excerpts, archival imagery, quotations and fascinating facts, Terry Newman will discuss the clothes literary greats wore, including Samuel Beckett’s Gucci bags, Virginia Woolf’s “Bloomsbury Set” fashion -sensibilities, Maya Angelou’s pearls and ‘little black dresses and Joan Didion’s svelte stylishness amongst others. The impact of authors as a design influence is also explored. Fashion houses mine literature for ideas and credibility. Quentin Crisp, Donna Tartt, Hunter S Thompson, and Edith Sitwell have all inspired catwalk collections. Equally the importance of clothing and what it reveals on the page is also considered. The literary and fashion worlds can be synchronized, and perhaps the geek-chic of librarians is a look that is set to prevail too.

This lecture is made possible through a generous bequest by Lynda Thomas (1950-2021).

Location: ZOOM | Live Online Lecture

Ticketed Online Event: Member $10 | General $15 | Zoom login details will be emailed to ticketholders at 11 AM on the day prior to the event.

Questions? E-mail  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 714.567.3677. Proceeds benefit Bowers Museum Education Programs. Tickets are non-refundable.

Terry Newman’s books include Legendary Authors and the Clothes they Wore and Legendary Artists and the Clothes they Wore published by Harper Collins, both have been sold around the world. Her most recent, Harry Styles, and the Clothes he Wears, is a survey of Styles’ wardrobe with a fashion history twist. She is currently working as a consultant on a fashion documentary and writing more about fashion and culture. She lectures at Regents University, and UWE in England. Back in the 1990s she was employed as Shopping Editor at i-D magazine, Associate Editor at Self Service, Consumer Editor at Attitude, and a TV presenter for Channel 4 fashion programmes. Her journalism has been published in The Guardian, The Saturday and Sunday Times, Time-Out, The Big Issue, The Independent and Viewpoint and others. She's also contributed to i-D's Fashion Now, Fashion Now2, and Soul i-D books.


Event details

April 2, 2023 11:00 am - 12:00 pm


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