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BLITZ #34, September 1985, Photographer: David Hiscock

We're Not Here To Sell Clothes: The Making of BLITZ Fashion

18 May 201319 May 2013

We are delighted to celebrate the launch of Iain R. Webb's new book As Seen in BLITZ: Fashioning '80s Style with a series of special events. Over the weekend there is a pop-up show in the ICA Theatre curated by former fashion editor Iain R Webb, a series of talks with special guests, and film screenings.

As Seen in BLITZ: Fashioning '80s Style focuses on 1980s style and culture and includes a wealth of stunning visuals, text and interviews celebrating the deeply influential pages of BLITZ.

In London at the start of the 1980s, three new style magazines emerged to define an era. It was a time of change: post punk before the digital age and at the dawn of a hedonistic club scene that saw the birth of the New Romantics. On the pages of BLITZ, The Face and i-D, a new breed of young iconoclasts hoped to inspire revolution. As BLITZ magazine's fashion editor from 1982-87, Iain R. Webb was at the centre of this world. His images manipulated fashion to explore ideas of transformation, beauty, glamour and sex. The magazine's arresting, subversive fashion pages, and its profiles of disparate designers and creative types, let the imagination run free.

The cast of characters and contributors include Leigh Bowery, Amanda Cazalet, Boy George, Princess Julia, Nick Knight, David LaChapelle, Paul Morley and Anna Piaggi. Featured designers include Bodymap, Judy Blame, Dean Bright, Comme Des Garçons, Jasper Conran, John Galliano, Jean Paul Gaultier, Katharine Hamnett, Hermès, Pam Hogg, Marc Jacobs, Stephen Jones, Calvin Klein, Andrew Logan, Issey Miyake, Franco Moschino, Rifat Ozbek, Antony Price and Vivienne Westwood.

'We're thrilled to be hosting the launch of As Seen in BLITZ. It's incredible to think who passed through the pages of BLITZ magazine - Malcolm McLaren, Madonna, Daniel Day-Lewis... I couldn't have survived the 80s without it.'
Gregor Muir, Executive Director, ICA

Iain R Webb is an award winning writer and Professor of Fashion at Royal College of Art and Central Saint Martins. He studied fashion design at St Martin's School of Art (now Central Saint Martins), graduating in 1980. During his career he has been fashion editor/director of BLITZ, The Evening Standard, Harpers & Queen, The Times and Elle, while contributing to various publications including New Musical Express, Saturday Telegraph, The Independent and Vogue. He won the Fashion Journalist of The Year Award two years running in 1995 and '96. A respected fashion writer, he is the author of Bill Gibb, Fashion and Fantasy; Foale and Tuffin: The Sixties. A Decade in Fashion, and Postcards From the Edge of the Catwalk. He acts as a consultant at the Fashion Museum in Bath and is Professor of Fashion at Royal College of Art and Central Saint Martins.

Saturday 18 May

We're Not Here To Sell Clothes: The Making of BLITZ Fashion
11am - 6pm

Event Programme - Day Ticket (entrance to all events)
12pm - 6pm
Cinema 1
£25 / £20 concessions / £12 ICA members

Talk: As Seen in BLITZ: Fashioning the 80s Style
Cinema 1
£10 / £8 concessions / £7 ICA members

This talk is an opportunity to relive the seminal decade of the monthly media, fashion and pop culture magazine with those who were there at the time. From the models and make-up artists to the designers and photographers, each speaker will offer their particular BLITZ experience. Chaired by journalist Hywel Davies, the panel includes Barry Kamen, BLITZ's ‘poster-boy', Stevie Stewart and David Holah of Bodymap, and make-up artist Louise Constad, among others.

Scarlett Cannon - is a glamorous gardener.  She lives in London where she grows vegetables, takes photographs, wears lipstick and bakes bread.  With an innate understanding of the healing power of the earth, she works as a horticultural tutor, food-growing consultant, garden writer and healing therapist.

Louise Constad - works as a fashion make-up artist in Film, TV and editorial. She consults with make-up companies like MAX FACTOR and clients including Tina Turner, Kristin Scott Thomas and Helena Bonham Carter. She runs her own make-up school and lectures at top London colleges. She lives happily in Paddington, London, with her artist boyfriend.

David Holah (BodyMap) - went back to Art College and in 2006 obtained an MA in printmaking at Camberwell College of Art. He now makes art prints using traditional printmaking methods. Along with Stevie Stewart he is curating the BodyMap archive. In 2011 the pair were invited by the Museo de Moda in Santiago Chile to exhibit in a show called Volver a las 80's and more recently were part of SPORT & FASHION at Fashion Museum, Bath. A BodyMap book is planned.

Stevie Steward (BodyMap) - now works as a costume, set and production designer and fashion stylist. Clients include Michael Clark Dance Company, Russell Maliphant Dance Company, Leona Lewis, Cheryl Cole, Westlife and Kylie Minogue. Film credits include Baillie Walsh's Flashbacks of a Fool and Jan Dunn's The Calling. Theatre credits include Jan Willem van den Bosch's Mother Courage, David Fielding's The Importance of Being Earnest and William Bakers the Hurly Burly Burlesque Musical.

Barry Kamen - artist, stylist, maker of images, continues to live and work in London in a beautiful house, with a beautiful wife.

Pete Moss - is a photographer, shooting mainly portraiture, and Managing Director of Waddington Studios in Stoke Newington London. He lives with his partner, artist Jasmina Cibic, and daughter Una, in Stoke Newington.

Panel Discussion: Fashion & Style Magazines: Then, Now, and the Future
Cinema 1
£10 / £8 concessions / £7 ICA members

At the forefront of 1980s counter-culture, BLITZ arguably paved the way for the boom of fashion and style magazines in the 1990s. This panel discussion will explore the influence of BLITZ, charting a legacy over the past decades; will reflect on what is popular now and will consider how magazines must shift as publishing moves away from print towards the digital. Led by journalist Hywel Davies, the talk will also include Max Pearmain, editor of Arenna Homme Plus and Carey Labovitch, publisher of BLITZ magazine, among others.

Carey Labovitch and Simon Tesler - closed BLITZ magazine in 1991. Following the closure they built up their business publishing group which became part of Pearson plc in 1996. In 1998, Simon launched, the business information service for the advertising industry, which he still runs. Carey founded and runs the event company ExtravOrganza Events. They are married with 17 year old triplet daughters.

Film Screening: Liquid Sky introduced by Iain R Webb


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