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CLUB MINIJUPE / KIT SEBASTIAN ON SOHO RADIO

4 August 2019: 12 pm - 2 pm

Club Minijupe will be back on the radio Sunday and
joined by the 60's European pop inspired duo,
Kit Sebastian who will be chatting about their new album!

Tune in to listen in LIVE

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13 July 2019: midnight - 2 am.

DJ LEENDA KARINA - SPINNING THE SOUNDTRACK TO YOUR SUMMER!

For this one expect to hear not only girl pop but 1960s Psych, Beat, Garage and so much more! The theme will be spinning the soundtrack to your summer!

Tune in here to listen LIVE

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COLLABORATION WITH LONDON COLLEGE OF FASHION’S MA COLLABORATIVE UNIT:

Françoise Hardy, or the “Yé-yé girl from Paris”

Françoise Hardy, or the “Yé-yé girl from Paris” (Side facing Canteen)

Françoise Hardy, or the “Yé-yé girl from Paris” (Side facing Canteen)

AN OVERVIEW OF THE COLLABORATION:

The Club Minijupe vitrine display has been created as part of the Collaborative Unit, and taking advantage of the opportunity that is given to MA Fashion Curation students to curate a display for the Fashion Space Gallery at the JPS Campus. The vitrine is long and narrow and sits in a busy thoroughfare past which all students, staff and guests must pass. It was the ideal occasion to test people’s reception to our ideas for the Club Minijupe exhibition.

We worked as a team, regularly consulting Club Minijupe’s founder, Linda Mora Curtis. We had the opportunity to display her collection of record sleeves and magazines and to handle original material. Over the course of the development process, the design changed and adapted to our various ideas.

Regarding the design development, our first idea was to include both movement and music to the display. Trying to recreate a rotating record on a turntable, we sourced a battery powered rotating display unit sourced from a visual merchandising store. This is how we introduced movement. As for music, we thought it was important that visitors had the opportunity to hear the music being showcased. This is why we added a QR code linked to a Spotify playlist, to make it musical and immersive.

An early decision was to focus the display on Françoise Hardy.  From visual analysis of Françoise Hardy’s record sleeves key attributes quickly emerged:  the use of red, white and blue to denote ‘French’; the presence of bare wood to symbolize her stripped back, acoustic style of music and the nod to nature, particularly daisies, to affirm her natural beauty.  In contrast, magazine covers and photographs showed a more fashion forward element to her style and we also wanted to represent her as a style icon.

We developed an idea to use coloured vinyl on the wall of the vitrine to provide a bold 1960s pop of colour. We tried a lot of different colour combination before coming up with a Mondrian-styled red, green and yellow. Finding a way to represent France without becoming cliché was an important element of the design development. We enlarged a photograph of Françoise Hardy in a red, white and blue suit as our French reminder. To evoke the natural aspect of Françoise Hardy, we decided to cover the floor of the vitrine with autumn leaves, enforcing this notion of nostalgia so very dear to the singer and complimenting the colour scheme of the vitrine. The aluminium foil on the opposite side of the vitrine echoed the spacy vibe of the 1960s. We also had the opportunity to add an authentic record player in the middle of the display.

Installing the vitrine was a collaborative process, taking three afternoons in total. For the first session colleagues from MA Fashion Curation helped create the vinyl design on the wall of the vitrine and traced Françoise Hardy’s signature onto the glass. On the second afternoon, we prepared mount board for supporting the magazines and collected last minute display props. This preparation enabled us to focus on curating the objects on the third session, allowing for adjustments to the designed layout to be made.’

—Written & produced by Jo Wiltcher (MA Fashion Curation), Asena Kartal (MA Fashion Cultures), Sarah Banon (MA Fashion Cultures) from London College of Fashion, UAL- PG Collaborative Unit project’

The exhibit is open to all UAL students and staff and will be up until the 6th of June at:

London College of Fashion

20 John Prince's St, Marylebone

London W1G 0BJ

Assembling the artefacts for the Françoise Hardy, or the “Yé-yé girl from Paris” exhibit

Assembling the artefacts for the Françoise Hardy, or the “Yé-yé girl from Paris” exhibit

Retracing Françoise Hardy’s signature.

Retracing Françoise Hardy’s signature.

Finishing the outside of the vitrine’s design elements

Finishing the outside of the vitrine’s design elements