Symposium: Fashioning Michael Jackson

Past event archive
19 October 2018, 13:00-17:00

Ondaatje Wing Theatre

Tickets: £10 (£8 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

Michael Jackson
Interview Magazine, September 2009 By Kaws Courtesy of Kaws

Explore Michael Jackson’s impact and influence on the fashion world. Beginning with a visit to Michael Jackson: On the Wall, you will then hear from academics and industry professionals discussing Jackson's image and his influence on fashion. An optional practical workshop investigates Michael Jackson as a visual tool using mixed media/collage to create fashion images.


13.00 – 13.30 – Registration and welcome by Fashion Scholar Sequoia Barnes, University of Edinburgh

13.30 – 14.30  Visit to Michael Jackson: On the Wall

14.30 – 15.30  Panel Discussion: Fashioning Michael Jackson
The panel will discuss Michael Jackson’s fashion image in the contexts of identity and expression as well as his impact on visual culture. With Fashion Scholar, Sequoia Barnes, Director of 4:3, Amar Ediriwira and Art Director & Stylist, Theo White.

15.30 – 17.00 Workshop (limited spaces, pre-booking only)
Using Michael Jackson: On the Wall and the panel discussion as tools for thought, this workshop, led by Sequoia Barnes, will consist of an instruction led mixed media - collage project to create a fashion image inspired by Michael Jackson.

The symposium is convened by Sequoia Barnes, fashion scholar, University of Edinburgh. With a background in museum studies, material culture, and design history, Sequoia Barnes’ scholarly research encompasses fashion history/theory and black cultural studies as intersectional fields of research. Her particular subjects of focus encompass fashion as a medium of black expressions from gender and sexuality to the bodily performance of dress.

Amar Ediriwira is director of Boiler Room’s new platform 4:3 (dubbed 'Netflix for the underground'). He was previously commissioning editor/curator for arts institute The Vinyl Factory where he worked on exhibitions including The Infinite Mix. He has shown his own video work in the V&A and he is a writer published in Guardian, Dazed, The Wire and Little White Lies. 

Theo White is a London Based Art Director & Stylist. He has exhibited his own work at Soft Opening Gallery, Tate Modern and Now Gallery and has been published in Dazed, Hunger and Time Out.He has collaborated with various musicians including Cosmo Pyke, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Chase & Status. Alongside his creative work he is the editor and publisher of TheoWhiteZine - which he strives to offer as a platform for the Black Queer Community and to challenge perceptions of race and class in contemporary Britain.

Following the symposium, as part of the Friday Lates programme, there will be an event discussing Michael Jackson’s impact and enduring legacy as a fashion icon, with speakers including Philip Treacy. Tickets and information can be found here.

Part of the programme of events complementing Michael Jackson: On the Wall.