Tuesday, 18 December 2012

V&A Talk- Fashion Festival 2012

V&A Talk- Beyond Retro1
On the 8th of December Kristofj Von Strass and I did a talk on behalf of Beyond Retro for the V&A Museum.
I felt so honoured to be talking at one of the worlds greatest, most inspiring and influential museums. The V&A has been my favourite museum ever since I was young and it was my safe haven when I first came to live in London so personally this meant so much to me and it literally was a dream come true. You can imagine how nervous I was!
V&A Talk- Beyond Retro2

We were talking as part of the museums 'Fashion Festival' aimed at young people between the ages of 16-24. Our talk described the ins and outs of Visual Merchandising at Beyond Retro, I explained how I sourced and made the props for some of our key projects including last years  Christmas windows, featured in the top ten Christmas windows for Drapers magazine.

We also went into detail about our own freelance work, our backgrounds, where we studied and how we found our way into our careers.

Kristofj and I are both so happy with how it went, we couldn't have asked for a better turn out and we were talking in one of the most beautiful lecture theatres I have ever seen. Thank you to all that came and for all your questions, it was so nice to see so many of you so enthusiastic about going into window dressing and visual merchandising.

I would love to hear from you if you were there, feel free to leave me a comment or drop me an email.

Special thanks to James Dwyer for the photo's. 


  1. Oh I would love to listen to you guys there, I wish I had the opportunity but it looks wonderful and I'm sure you did a great job.

    How's the moving going x

  2. Kelly-Marie I would have loved to have heard you talk! It sounds so interesting, I'm really happy for you that it went well! What an honour to get to talk about anything in such surrounds! Hope you're doing well and the move is going smoothly!!

    Emma x

  3. Wowzers you are one in inspiring lady! Would of loved to of been there! You have the most excellent job xxx

  4. Wow! i would've come if I'd known. Amazing! well done you! is there any video footage? xx

  5. It truly was the most wonderful of talks!I managed to be seated in the front row and got to witness one of your gorgeous outfits first hand! Thankyou very much for such a fascinating insight and I came home and read through a large chunk of your blog! Keep up the excellent work :) x

  6. Brilliant! You're right, it is a great theatre - I was there for a talk on Venice by Peter Ackroyd. The V & A is also one of my favourite haunts. I love the café and gardens


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