Port Eliot festival has developed a name for seeking out some of fashion’s movers and shakers, with intelligent and in-depth talks and discussions. This year they are taking things one step further with The Fashion Foundation – a new home for fashion and art.

See designer, musician and muse, Daphne Guinness in conversation with The Times’s chief rock and pop critic, Will Hodgkinson, about the relationship between fashion and music, the influence of Bowie and T-Rex, and the stage wear made for her by her friends Iris Van Herpen and Gareth Pugh. She will also be performing with her band on the Friday night of the festival.

As part of a new partnership with Port Eliot, The Fashion and Textile Museum will present a rare opportunity to hear from one of the UK and Ireland’s most celebrated designers, Orla Kiely. Chatting with the Museum’s Head of Exhibitions, Dennis Nothdruft, Orla Kiely will tell all about her journey from her first collection of hats presented at London Fashion Week in 1994, to her much-loved worldwide brand of today.

Orla Kiely
Orla Kiely

A major treat for Star Wars lovers as Glyn Dillon (co-costume designer on SOLO: A Star Wars Story and Rogue One and Costume Chief Concept Artist on Star Wars: The Force Awakens) and actor and writer Jessica Hynes will immerse themselves in the innovative glory of Star Wars design.

Designer Savannah Miller graduated with a First Class Honours Degree from Central Saint Martins in 2004, specialising in knitwear. In 2015, she launched her first Debenhams exclusive collection, ‘Nine by Savannah Miller’

As part of the collaboration with the Fashion and Textile Museum, the Fashion Foundation will present all sorts of design and craft workshops, including ‘Flower Power’, employing gorgeous floral fabrics, colourful buttons and bright sewing threads, encouraging participants to create a simple and beautiful festival corsage. And a sure highlight is a workshop inspired by fashion Queen Dame Zandra Rhodes, in which festivalgoers will use chiffon fabrics, wool, sequins and a dab of glue to make their very own Zandra Rhodes peg dolls!

Port Eliot festival, 26- 20th July.

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