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Hand & Lock’s London Embroidery Conference 2017

Hand & Lock’s London Embroidery Conference 2017

To celebrate their 250th year, embroidery house, Hand & lock commences a series of celebratory events to mark such a momentous occasion. Priding themselves on their traditional methods, which have changed very little since their humble beginnings in 1767, Hand & Lock have created a place for embroidery in the contemporary fashion world. To mark this significant occasion with ‘The London Embroidery Conference’ commences this July. World renowned for their intricately crafted embroidery, worn by some of the most famous names and used by many designer brands, Hand & Lock have a real cause for celebration. 

Boasting of some of the world’s most highly regarded celebrities and fashion houses as clients, the brand, who have worked with Savile Row for over a hundred years most recently worked on the Yeezy fall 2017 and Burberry SS16 shows, reflecting how embroidery still has an important place in contemporary fashion. Priding themselves on offering exceptional customer service, each client is treated with the same time and commitment, from international fashion designers to individual customers, reflecting the brands outstanding reputation, which looks set to continue into their next 250 years. 

The 2-day event will be held at the Bishopsgate Institute London and is set to see industry experts flock to London for a series of talks, debates and networking opportunities. The day-long conference, commencing 12th July 2017 – Heritage, the Now and the Future of Embroidery – is sectioned into three parts and will focus on the lasting influence that embroidery has on the fashion industry. The accompanying exhibition will offer visitors an exclusive look at pieces by Vivienne Westwood, Nicholas Oakwell and Mary Katrantzou.

‘Heritage’ will explore the historical uses of embroidery, traditional methods and their relevance in the modern day. Industry experts will delve into the earlier days of embroidery and its deep rooted history in personal fashionable expression. 

‘Now’ is set to explore contemporary embroidery and its place in the modern fashion world. The panel of guest speakers will discuss their experiences working in the current embroidery industry and how the effects of economic, technological and social change have influenced their work in recent years. 

Finally, the panel looks into the Future of embroidery, attempting to predict the future course of the industry as technology continues to change the embroidery landscape. 

Guest speakers at the conference include: 

  • Principal Costume Embroiderer on Game of Thrones, Michelle Carragher
  • Fashion Historian, Amber Butchart
  • Director of the Textile Research Centre, Dr Gillian Vogelsang-Eastwood
  • Artistic Director of the Embroiderers Guild, Anthea Godfrey
  • Senior Curators of the Imperial War Museum, Alan Jeffreys and Martin Boswell
  • Senior Embroidery Designer, Consultant, Justine Avril
  • Trend Forecaster, Geraldine Wharry 

Hand & Lock want to ensure that traditional embroidery methods are passed on and continued. This summer’s event is set to inspire the next generation and ensure the continuing success of embellishment and embroidery. 

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  • Conference tickets are available for £85.00 and exhibition tickets are on sale at £5.00. 
  • Tickets to the exhibition can be bought separately £5.00 in advance or £10.00 on the door.