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Amy: Beyond the Retro

Join experts across fashion, graphics and music to unpack our enduring fascination with the aesthetics of the recent past.

What to expect

Amy Winehouse perfectly crafted an aesthetic that reflected her diverse musical influences. Her iconic image blended 50s pin-up culture with 60s pop-group styling and a punk inflection reflecting her beloved Camden, a haven of vintage fashion.

Amy’s preoccupation with retro is symbolic of our wider fascination with the past. Our nostalgia for the fashions, sounds, interiors and graphics of the generations before our own represent a romanticisation of the perceived values found in the designs of the past.

Often adopted by subcultures, retro can symbolise a rejection of contemporary cultural values. In this panel conversation, arbiters of retro style including exhibition designer Aries Moross, curator and fashion historian Carol Tulloch, music journalist and vinyl connoisseur Anton Spice, and Fred Perry Global Brand Director Rob Gaitt discuss the enduring hold of vintage over our collective cultural imaginations.

Over the course of the evening, they will explore how Amy’s mosaic of references combined to create something utterly unique, and what her style signifies about how we choose to differentiate ourselves through design.

Speakers

Anton Spice

Anton is a journalist writing about music, art, technology and the environment. Former editor of The Vinyl Factory, his work has been published in The Guardian, Frieze and Electronic Sound.

Priya Khanchandani

Priya is the Head of Curatorial at the Design Museum and the lead Curator of Amy: Beyond the Stage. She has worked across arts institutions and design journalism for the past decade, following an earlier career as a lawyer.

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Booking information

Adult: £12
Student: £10
Members: £5

For your safety, we are operating at a reduced capacity for our events. Increased cleaning has also been implemented across the museum. Face masks are mandatory unless exempt.

Please note that this talk will be held in person at the Design Museum however, in the event of strict COVID-19 restrictions, it will be streamed digitally and you will be notified of the decision one week ahead of time.

The exhibition

Amy: Beyond the Stage

Celebrate the legacy and creativity of one of the greatest musicians of our time, Amy Winehouse.

'A heartfelt and intimate celebration of a London icon.’ ★★★★ Evening Standard

Background image: Amy: Beyond the Stage exhibition photographed by Ed Reeve.