Friday, July 11, 2014


Press Release

Ram Place Fashion Market

12 - 20 July 2014

Photos courtesy of Getty Images, RUN, Jelka Quintelier and Olivia Rose

LONDON, UK - For nine days this summer Barbican in partnership with Create presents Ram Place Fashion Market, a fashion-led event at the heart of the Morning Lane area of Hackney. Inspired by the Barbican exhibition The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk (until 25 August, 2014), the project encompasses a street market in Ram Place and a pop-up café-bar and event space located in an adjacent derelict building transformed by artist commissions under the creative direction of designer/curator Jeffrey Horsley.

The market features local, emergent and celebrated designers including Jelka QuintelierArlette EssKelly Shaw and Meihui Liu alongside demonstrations by highly skilled craftspeople such as Sebastian TarekSahar Freemantle and Queenie and Ted. The market is accompanied by a programme of performances, talks and workshops with artists, photographers and fashion industry professionals including designer James Long, film-maker Kathryn Ferguson, and performance artist David Hoyle (The Divine David). 

The events are structured around five fashion themes. Making Fashion, revealing the technical skills of designing and fabricating garments; Styling Fashion, discovering fashion’s satellite crafts of beauty, hair styling and nail art; Capturing Fashion, exploring fashion film, journalism, blogging, photography and illustration; Fashion Heritage, examining fashion’s history through curating, collecting, and vintage fashion; and Fashion and Society, discussing the ethical and political issues surrounding fashion. 

Photo courtesy of Jelka Quintelier

Evening events include talks, discussions, live music and performance. Opening the market on Saturday 12 July, Lyall Hakaraia, fashion designer, stylist and promoter of east London’s disco basement Vogue Fabrics, has created an urban folk-art inspired happening. VOGUE GOES ROGUE takes fashion totems decorated by some of London’s leading designers including Craig LawrenceLouize Harries and Laura Shepherd, on a procession from the Barbican Centre to Ram Place where the event climaxes in a fashion-inspired ceremony. Specially commissioned performance events also include a participative Lego dress promenade by designer Anne-Sophie Cochevelou, and Camoufleur, a recreation of one of Jean Paul Gaultier’s exclusive haute couture pieces in moss and living plants by The Vivisector. Saturday 19 July features a one-off fashion-themed appearance by celebrated performance artist and anti-drag queen David Hoyle (The Divine David).

Other events include a series of talks and discussions. Author Tansy Hoskins (Stitched up: The Anti-Capitalist Book to Fashion) hosts an evening examining fashion and body image. Fashion writer Nathalie Khan (Associate Lecturer of Fashion History and Cultural Studies at Central Saint Martins) chairs a discussion on the intersection of music video and fashion film, with a panel including Kathryn Ferguson who has made films for designers Richard Nicoll and Katie Eary, as well as Paloma Faith and Lady Gaga. Designer James Long, distinguished star of London Collections Men, gives an exclusive talk about his work. 

RUN's commissioned mural as part of the Barbican Centre's Ram Place Fashion Market project 

During the week, free guided tours of the area are run both by Hackney Historical Society and research studio and consultancy Patternity, and an intervention by Hackney-based artist group Foxtrot Collective gives visitors the opportunity to explore and debate the significance of Ram Place and its future in a specially commissioned on-site installation. 

Food is available from an exclusive onsite cafe by Railroad, located next door to the Ram Place site. Known for their locally sourced seasonal food, Railroad Café offers visitors a menu inspired by southern style BBQ. In addition, Mare Street restaurant Rita's provide cocktails from the market's bar. The café and bar is open every day throughout the nine days of the project, serving food and drinks until 10pm, except on Monday 14, when the bar operates a BYOB policy.

The space has been transformed by commissions from the street art scene. Good wives and Warriors (fresh from their BBC-commissioned Commonwealth Games mural in Glasgow) have applied their talents to the interior walls of the café and event space while London-based artist Jiwon Oh has adorned the interior walls of the event space pavilion. World-renowned artist RUN has created a large-scale mural to the exterior wall of the café and event space. Additionally, in an exclusive collaboration, leading fashion publication i-D and photographer Olivia Rose have created a unique series of images re-visiting the spirit of their iconic 1980s ‘straight-ups’ street fashion photography. 

Photo courtesy of Olivia Rose

Along the length of Ram Place market stalls feature a range of products and opportunities such as a demonstrations stall showcasing local designers and makers including Sebastian TarekQueenie & Ted and others; a stall selling work by recent London College of Fashion graduates; a beauty stall offering henna tattoos, massages, nail bar, and more. Oval Space’s Fashion Sunday, designer Meihui Liu and milliner Sahar Freemantle host fashion retail stalls featuring a hand-picked, eclectic mix of exquisite goods alongside their own designs, including beautifully printed silk scarves by Arlette Ess; leather bags and accessories by Candice Lau; and stylish contemporary clothing by Kelly Shaw. A stall dedicated to jewellery features Jelka Quintelier’s filigree laser-cut pieces; Anne-Sophie Cochevelou’s anarchic jewellery assemblages; Kirsty Kirkpatrick’s skilfully etched bamboo acrylic work and Ros Weaver’s award-winning rubber necklaces and bracelets. The offer in the stalls changes throughout the week, so check the Barbican website for details and dates. 

Helping to run the events and daily programming is a group of young people, from the employability programme Creativity Works: Fashion, which is run by Create Jobs and sponsored by the Mayor’s Fund for London.

Ram Place Fashion Market is part of the Beyond Barbican offsite programme that reflects the Barbican’s long history of programming in partnerships with artists and organisations in east London. This year’s programme also features the Walthamstow Garden Party and a project exploring the impact of the First World War on the Becontree Estate in Barking. Beyond Barbican is supported by Arts Council England. 

James Long show during the London Collections: Men SS15 on June 16, 2014 in London, England.
(Source: Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images Europe)

12 - 20 July 2014
Ram Place (off Morning Lane)
London E9 6LT

Admission free
Open daily 11am-10pm

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