The City Talking: Fashion, Vol.1
The first volume of The City Talking: Fashion magazine & film.Watch Film
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Eric Musgrave was born in Leeds, and attended Leeds Central High School for boys. He is a well-respected member of the fashion press, responsible for launching FHM magazine, as well as merging Drapers Record and Menswear to become Drapers. Eric has written for titles like International Textiles, Fashion Weekly, Vogue, Esquire and the Financial Times. At 61, he has been Drapers’ Editorial Director twice in the past 16 years.
“It’s just something I like to do” — Thom Barnett, fashion designer
The last time we spoke to Thom was in his studio in a mill. We were in the south end of Sheffield and it was cold. In the adjacent room, where his friend’s band rehearses, there was a drum kit. The studio was stuffed with shoe boxes and jewellery boxes; jackets, t-shirts and heavy coats hung neatly along racks. We could see our breath, indoors. Thom was wearing a Berghaus hat and he talked about cycling.
The SpeedQueen boutique became a vital stop off point on Saturday afternoons before Saturday nights, not only for the racks of one-off or vintage clothes sorted by story, rather than gender, but for the counter of free glitter spray and make up that everyone was free to come and experiment with.
One year, Rosie Lyness — the founder of online shop Second Store — moved to Paris to study French culture and French language. She lived in a studio apartment; her toilet was in the kitchen. Every Wednesday she’d sneak off from classes to do a jewellery design course. She had a great time. She arrived to Paris in a leopard print dress and green cardigan.
Today, women can visit James Steward’s studio and have their bridal gowns made using the same techniques used to re-bead and embroider Audrey Hepburn’s white, puffed-sleeve empire silhouette dress from War and Peace. There are no Audrey Hepburns around these days, but elegant modern stars like Katherine Kelly pose while flashbulbs pop at television awards shows, and they wear James Steward; and that time in Rome is the reason why.
the city talking: fashion
The City Talking has always imagined the potential of the places we work and live, and we always return to fashion.
the city talking: fashion in leeds, vol. 1 — special edition
To accompany our new film, Fashion in Leeds, Vol.1, the new issue of The City Talking is a special 100-page edition, now available for free from select stockists in Leeds, Manchester and Sheffield.