Style in my DNA

Lorna Holder: Style in my DNA

Atrium Area
Swiss Cottage Library
88 Avenue Road
Event time
2.30pm - 4.30pm
20 Oct 2018

Following its successful launch at the V&A in June this year, the book Style in My DNA by Lorna Holder will have its Black History Month presentation in Camden on 20th October 2018. Style in My DNA is an eye catching and impressive book that documents 70 years of Caribbean influence on British fashion. It shows new and exclusive fashion photography and illustrations of Caribbean people in Britain from the late 1940s to the present day. The book is specific to communities in Birmingham, Nottingham and London. It is informative and essential in representing black cultural history, fashion and identity. Style in My DNA is an invaluable resource for fashion studies, black studies, Windrush archive study, research and social history. The striking images in the book will help anyone seeking to understand the Caribbean migrant experience.

The book is also a memoir of Lorna Holder, a child of the Windrush generation. Lorna arrived in the UK from Jamaica in 1959 and was brought up in Nottingham. Graduating with a BA Honours in Fashion and Textiles in 1975, she was the first black graduate of fashion at Nottingham Trent University. She went on to be a very successful fashion designer, producer, writer, curator and an active figure within London's Caribbean Community.

“Style in My DNA is my journey as a black woman, wife, mother, fashion designer and businesswoman, ‘making it happen’ as a migrant in 20th and 21st Century Britain.” - Lorna Holder

Join Lorna in conversation with contributors from her book, plus book reading and signing

To read our Close - Up with Lorna, Click here!