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Join us for a talk with Jenny Gilbert on her research into the fashion industry in Birmingham.

We will start with a look at Dressed to Nines exhibition in the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, followed by a talk by Jenny Gilbert and an opportunity for questions and answers at the end.

Jenny has been researching the twentieth century Birmingham wholesale fashion trade and its influence on people's wardrobes in the city and beyond.

In her talk, she will look at Birmingham as a mass fashion city - from the 19th century jewellery trade to the opening of the world's largest Primark in 2019. The talk will argue that the Birmingham fashion wholesalers were instrumental in introducing fashion to the masses and dressing the people of Birmingham to the nines.

Jenny Gilbert is a fashion historian who explores fashion in the daily lives of people in Birmingham and the Black Country. She completed her PhD in 2016, working collaboratively with Walsall Museum, and has spoken, taught and broadcast widely on the history and theory of fashion. She coordinates the Black Country Studies Centre and is a researcher at Black Country Living Museum. In 2019 she received an Honorary Research Fellowship in History at University of Birmingham.

Pre-booking essential - this event is now sold out.

The event meeting point will be at the Gas Hall reception, access is on Edmund Street.