LECTURE PROGRAMMES, STUDY DAYS & TALKS

A UNIQUE INSIGHT INTO THE HISTORY OF FASHION ILLUSTRATION & ARTIST TEXTILES

Presented by Connie Gray (Accredited lecturer for The Arts Society)

Fashion Illustration Lecture Titles Include:

  • The Golden Age of Fashion Illustration 1909 – 1945
  • Post War Fashion Illustration & the Artists of Today
  • René Gruau & The Art of Dior
  • ‘Call for the Sketcher’: Fashion Artists in Vogue

With a background in fashion and broadcasting, Connie is a specialist in the history of 20th century fashion illustration and its powerful legacy with both the most influential fashion publications internationally and the great couture houses of Paris, London and New York. She is regularly invited to lecture in the UK and US and sits on advisory boards at The Coutauld Institute of Art, London and Special Collections at FIT, New York. As a curator and archivist, she works closely with institutions and foundations on acquisitions, conservation and exhibition projects. She has been invited to curate specialist exhibitions including Legends Only at Claridge’s Hotel, London in 2022, and 100 Years of Fashion Illustration at The Society of Illustrators, New York. Other specialist exhibitions have included Cunard’s Transatlantic Fashion Cruise on their flagship ship QM2. As the lead curator for Gray M.C.A, she curates the acclaimed exhibition Drawing on Style each year that celebrates the masters of fashion illustration alongside running comprehensive lecture programmes that accompany the exhibitions in London and New York. She also presents a series of on-line masterclasses, talks and short films on fashion illustration.

“Connie Gray’s knowledge of fashion illustration is peerless. Through her curation, related events, and her own lectures, she is changing the ways we understand and appreciate these often-overlooked artists and asserting their place within art history”.

Dr Rebecca Arnold FHEA, Senior Lecturer in History of Dress, The Courtauld, London

‘Connie gave us a wonderful insight into the work of the fashion illustrators of the 20th century – especially as at the last minute we had to convert to zoom – which she delivered with aplomb. Her natural charm and of course her extensive knowledge of her subject was exceptional”.

Angela Bailey, Chair, West of England Costume Society

Presented by Ashley Gray (Director of Gray M.C.A)

Artist Textiles – Lecture Titles Include:

  • Modern British Painters of the 20th Century & Their Influence on Contemporary Art
  • Post War Textile Visionaries of Modern Art
  • Artists Textiles Today
  • Modern & Contemporary Art – What Does It All Mean?

“Ashley Gray of Gray MCA’s 2016 BADA Lecture “The Post War Textile Visionaries of Modern Art” was a tour de force! It was the most anticipated and best attended lecture. His vivid depiction of the importance of the 1950’s & 60’s commissions from Edinburgh Weavers and Ascher from the giants of Modernism was a revelation. No wonder collectors world wide are hunting down these rare and stunning gems of the era.”

Marco Forgione, Chief Executive, BADA

Vetting, Judging & Advisory Roles:

Gray M.C.A is regularly represented on Vetting Committees and Judging panels.
Gray M.C.A sits on the Advisory Board of the Frances Neady Collection at FIT, New York and The Documenting Fashion Research Forum at The Courtuald Institute of Art.

For enquires regarding lecture bookings please email gallery@graymca.com.

FASHION ILLUSTRATION
DESIGN
MODERN TEXTILES