A panel on Music and Fashion, with Deirdre Kelly, Rachel Lifter, and Avery Trufelman

September 12th
McNally Jackson Seaport
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We are celebrating the launch of Deirdre Kelly’s Fashioning the Beatles with a panel discussion about the deep, complex, and ever-changing relationship between fashion and music. Stylish attire encouraged.

John, Paul, George, and Ringo were more than great musicians: they were the quintessential fashion icons of one of the most exciting and memorable fashion eras of all time. From their starts in black leather through Sergeant Pepper to Nehru collars and psychedelia, the Beatles used clothing to express their individual and group identities and, especially, to grow their following.

They did it without benefit of stylists or consultants, making their own rules and changing their looks as many as five times a year to keep a few steps ahead of the crowd in the tumultuous, fashion-obsessed sixties. More than fifty years after their break-up, their style continues to animate the collections of some of the world's leading designers, including Thom Browne, John Varvatos, Anna Sui, Tom Ford, Gucci's Alessandro Michele and, yes, Stella McCartney. Fashioning the Beatles, the first in-depth look at their sartorial legacy, demonstrates that their inimitable style was not an incidental by-product of their fame but an integral part of their act and a key to their globe-spanning success.

Deirdre Kelly has written on arts and culture since 1985, starting as the award-winning dance critic, pop music columnist and senior fashion reporter at The Globe and Mail newspaper and continuing today as correspondent for the Dance Gazette in London, the luxury lifestyle magazine Fête Chinoise in Toronto, Canada, and the arts e-zine CriticsAtLarge, where she writes on the Beatles, among other favorite topics. Her previous books are Paris Times Eight and Ballerina: Sex, Scandal and Suffering Behind the Symbol of Perfection.




Rachel Lifter is a fashion historian and director of NYU's master's program in Costume Studies. She is the author of Fashioning Indie: Popular Fashion, Music and Gender--an exploration of the spectacular popularity of skinny jeans and festival fashion in the early 21st century. Her current research focuses on New York City in the 1980s, the people who worked in the fashion industry at that time, and the impact of the AIDS epidemic on this workforce.




Avery Trufelman is the creator and host of the fashion podcast Articles of Interest. She has previously worked at New York Magazine and 99% Invisible.




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