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The Ashmolean Museum and
Oxford Fashion Week present

Friday 30 August 2013, 7.00–10.30pm
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LiveFriday: August 2013

Oxford's Weekend Starts Here...

Free Admission, All Welcome!

On the last Friday of each month, the Museum will open its doors from 7.00 – 10.30 pm, giving visitors the opportunity to see the collections and major exhibitions after hours. Interactive events including theatrical performances, creative workshops and lively talks will be on offer, with drinks and dinner in the rooftop Dining Room on Level 4 and a bar in the vaulted Café on the Lower Ground Level.

In association with Oxford Fashion Week
Friday 30th August 2013
7.00 – 10.30pm


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As our LiveFriday Dress-up Special, we invite visitors to put on their finery and explore summer chic through the ages. Receiving a passport on arrival, visitors will set off around the world in style on an alluring voyage through the museum featuring live photo shoots, runway shows, express fashion sketching and more.

Hear Carl Anglim, Director of Oxford Fashion Week, speak about our Dress-Up LiveFriday in our new trailer:

The music in the background is by Piney Gir, who plays a lock-in gig at the end of the night – please see below for further information about the gig.

Dress-Up Piney Gir lock-in gig
Doors 10.15pm, set starts at 10.30pm in the Ashmolean’s vaulted Café.
£5 online, from the Ticket Booth, or on the door

Buy your tickets now!

Kansas born, London-based art school graduate and sassy, indie pop scenester Piney Gir will strike a pose as part of the Dress Up LiveFriday brining her summery style and sunny disposition to the stage in Ashmolean’s vaulted café.

Growing up in isolation in the American Midwest, Piney Gir followed a strict Pentecostal upbringing in Wyandotte County where her father enforced a ban on television and modern music in their household… this left a lot to young Piney's imagination, which flourished to fill in all the gaps with a fun and straightforward, feel-good country sound, and prompted Piney to go to University to study percussion, only robbers stole her drums, so she changed her major to voice; "They can't steal your voice!" she reckoned. After graduating Piney migrated from America’s Sunflower State to England, where her musical career blossomed.

Piney Gir joined her first band, a synth pop duo (Vic Twenty) who released a single on Mute and toured Europe with Erasure. After seeing the world, she realised the road was in her blood, and music was her sense of purpose, so she released her debut album Peakahokahoo on Truck Records in 2004. This was followed by albums with all-girl, art-rock, cult-classic group The Schla La Las, her solo Hold Yer Horses, 2009's The Yearling and then the critically acclaimed Jesus Wept a year later as The Piney Gir Country Roadshow. Her new solo album Geronimo! was released October 2011 on Damaged Goods and October 2012 in the USA on Highline Records.

Access via the forecourt to the side of the main entrance to the Ashmolean.


OCM Fashion-Infused Soundscape
Tim Hand is Oxford Contemporary Music’s Technical Manager and Maternity Cover Freelance Programmer. Working alongside swinger of booms, puller of focus, and builder of beats, Rob Hawthorn, who has used found fashion-related material and footage from previous Oxford Fashion Week catwalk shows to create a film that Tim will draw inspiration from as he mixes his wealth of musical knowledge and understanding of sound to create a Fashion-Infused Soundscape.

Echo Boomer
Local band, Echo Boomer, are constantly shifting and evolving; each new song takes them on a different journey. The band have supported The Guillemots and The Temper Trap, and songs from their latest EP are currently getting local and national radio play.

The Busketeers
Playing a range of high energy instrumentals and covers The Busketeers are sure to get you dancing!

The April Maze
The April Maze consists of the quirky and charming indie darlings Todd and Sivan. Their skillfully balanced harmonies gently unfold the narrative, with the soulful richness of Sivan’s voice, reminiscent of Cass Elliot, perfectly complemented by Todd’s intense, warm tone. The accompanying stripped back acoustic sound of Todd’s guitar and banjo mingles with Sivan’s breathtakingly beautiful cello parts and leaves the incredible impression of a full orchestral sound.

“an originality that is exciting and inspiring to experience live…with their rich, human vocals, the live show has an amazingly full and deep sound” // AU REVIEW


Dress-Up LiveFriday has been organised in association with Oxford Fashion Week and co-curated by Cultural Events Coordination & Communication Consultant, Sarah Mayhew Craddock, and Director of Oxford Fashion Week Carl Anglim.


Live Fashion Sketching with Dee Andrews
Watch a local fashion illustrator capture the magic, flair, edginess, and elegance of contemporary fashions – limited materials are available for those wishing to join in.

Fashion Design Inspired by East and West with the Oxford Asian Textile Group
The Jameel study Centre will host workshops that will explore fashion design inspired by East and West.


Vogue! Concept Fashion Designs
Curated by Sammie Ball, participating brands and designers include: Coco Elliot, Elli Rose Lima, Alexandra Cherret, Yalle Caplan, Lena Strelets, Nicolas Writh, and Mel.

Phoenix Magazine Fashion Shoot
Watch a live fashion shoot executed by professional fashion photographers from the independent, fashion and culture zeitgeist, Phoenix magazine.

Clare Farrell from TRAID transforms fabrics and old garments into new garments
TRAID is a charity working to stop clothes from being thrown away by turning clothes waste into funds and resources to reduce the environmental and social impacts of our clothes.

Get a Head, Get a Hat with Louise Pocock
Meet a Cotswold-based milliner who creates unique pieces of headwear by fusing a sense of the vintage with a contemporary twist.

Advice & Aspiration: Getting Dressed with Women’s Magazines by Rae Ritchie
Share your thoughts and ask questions about the relationship between fashion, the lady on the street, and the images portrayed on the printed page.

Window Installation by Exclusive Roots and Indigo
Catch a changing display of stunning fair trade jewellery from Exclusive Roots on Woodstock Road and clothes from Indigo on Cowley Road - two shops that operate under fair trade principles.

Mannequins, photography by Rory Carnegie
Shortlisted for the Sony World Photography Awards Mannequins is a series of fascinating photographs by Oxford-based photographer Rory Carnegie.

Clothes and Textiles recycling with Bag It Up
Since 2005 Bag It Up has been generating vital income streams for charities by recycling unwanted clothing, shoes, household textiles and mobile phones.

The Peace Tent by Textiles for All
Textiles for All is a multicultural community textile group that formed to join the many different textile traditions that co-exist within Oxford’s diverse population.

A Shirty Pair of Knickers by Maria Skoyles of Make Do Mend
Taking inspiration from Oxford’s old fashion industry learn how to turn an old shirt into either a camisole top, french knickers or boxer shorts.

The Goddess Dress – Classical Style and the Bias Cut by Julia Mallaby
Trace classical dress from Ancient Greece to contemporary Haute Couture and discover the foundations of bias cutting and draping in an interactive talk.

Pinworks present the No–Sew Drape Dress
Pinworks will present different ways in which simple lengths of silk, jersey and cotton could be draped around the body to make some beautiful Grecian and Cyprian inspired dresses.

A display of classic tailoring from Clements & Church
Learn about the rules of traditional tailoring with independent British tailors who create contemporary ready to wear, made to measure, and bespoke gentlemen’s attire.

A display of sartorial elegance Pimpernel Clothing
Believing that fashions come and go, but true style never dates Pimpernel Clothing take their inspiration from the beauty, quality, and craftsmanship of period garments.

Fashion Portfolios from Oxford and Cherwell Valley College
Flick through portfolios of work by fashion design students, and find out about educational opportunities in fashion.

Accessorise with Shop at the Old Fire Station
Shop at the Old Fire Station in Gloucester Green is a treasure trove of handmade accessories created or designed by UK artists and makes, over half of whom are based in Oxfordshire.

Catwalk Show
Curated by Gem Latimer and produced by Erin Moss participating brands and designers include: Ghost, Aspire Style, Next, Clements & Church, Melanie J Austin, Little Mistress, Leanne Blenkhorn, and Bel's King-Harman

**Please arrive 15 minutes early in order to be seated**


Ethical Fashion Symposium
Contributors include: Carl Anglim (Director, OFW), Holly Dutton (Ethical Designer / Exclusive Roots), Frankie McCoy (Writer, OFW), Dr. Sarah Joomun (University of Oxford), Elizabeth Laskar (Eco Fashion Consultant).

The Ultimate in Fashion and Luxury – The Kashmir Shawl in the Nineteenth Century by Sue Stanton
The Ashmolean’s Textile Conservator will present an interactive talk about how changing fashions influenced the changing dimensions of shawls.

Democracy and Dancing: Dressing Up in the Twentieth Century by Rae Ritchie
From 30s Hollywood to contemporary hip-hop this talk will explore understandings of what it was to "dress up" in the 20th century and how the notion of dressing up has changed.

Best Dressed – presented by fashion bloggers
Style Scouts Arabella Golby, Ami Venney, Lexie Vukoman, and Cristina Lopez pick out some of the best dressed visitors to the night.

Smocks and Drawers presented by Barbara Allison
Discover what clothes were worn by ordinary Oxford people in the 17th century and find out what undergarments people had, or rather didn't have!

What’s Hot? Presented by fashion bloggers
Presented by Adam Gibbs, Style Bloggers include: Arabella Golby, Ami Venney, Lexie Vukoman, and Cristina Lopez.