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Monte Carlo advertisement, 1931 |Riviera Holiday, 1933 © Illustrated London News/Mary Evans Picture Library

As part of our Riviera Style collection at the Fashion & Textile Museum we’re delighted to present: French Riviera in the 20th Century in conversation with Lucinda Gosling. Plus Vintage Styling & Collecting by Naomi Thompson.

A fashionable getaway destination frequented by artists and writers such as Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald and Picasso, join us to take a tour with historical specialist, Lucinda Gosling, through the glorious, glamorous world of the French Riviera. Tracing the riviera’s rising popularity in the early twentieth century, you’ll discover the fashion, faces and places of this glamorous stretch of coastline and find out how the French Riviera became known as the ‘playground of privilege’. The talk will draw on the rich archive of Mary Evans Picture library and showcase contemporary society magazines such as The Bystander and Tatler.

The event also includes a session with author, treasure hunter and vintage stylist, Naomi Thompson, on how to buy, style and collect vintage. Naomi will be imparting her top tips and trade secrets for buying, styling and collecting vintage clothes and accessories. Come armed with questions!

Lucinda Gosling works at historical specialist Mary Evans Picture Library and prior to that was manager of the Illustrated London News archive. She is author of a number of books including, ‘Debutantes and the London Season,’ ‘Great War Britain’ and ‘Retro London’, regularly contributes articles to magazines including Majesty, Tatler and History Today and is a public speaker on topics as wide-ranging as scandalous 20th century nightlife, First World War entertainment or magazine illustration.

Naomi Thompson is the author of the best selling books ‘Style me Vintage Clothes’ and co-author of ‘Style Me Vintage Accessories’. She comes from a long line of women in the rag trade and is currently a full time professional treasure hunter. 

Free entry to the exhibition with your ticket! Booking recommended. Tickets: £8.80 adults / £6.60 concessions / £5.50 students. Book your place here.


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