Laura McLaws Helms
Fashion/Cultural Historian, Writer & Consultant

Talks

 

talks

 
 
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“FUN IN FASHION” for Chandelier Creative, October 2018

After working in the fashion industry for over thirty years, Michelle Stein, the president of Aeffe, appointed Jeremy Scott as creative director of Moschino. For her conversation with our dear friend and fashion historian Laura McLaws Helms, Michelle brought along a few archival pieces, as well as some included in the upcoming Met exhibition on camp, to share. Together, they gave us a glimpse of some of the most iconic, fun, and fashionable designers of the last few decades.

“HOW DO BIG FASHION BRANDS GET BIG?” for Chandelier Creative, June 2018

Fashion & culture historian Laura McLaws Helms and Express’ Chief Customer Experience Officer Jim Hilt came to our penthouse to survey the groundbreaking successes and tumultuous ups-and-downs of iconic retail brands, including, of course, Express.

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“MARKETING & PRESTIGE: From Editorials to Campaigns, The History of Desirability in Luxury Heritage Brands” for Chandelier Creative & Cartier, September 2018

Private talk for members of Cartier’s global marketing teams.

 
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“GLAMOUR & DEBAUCHERY IN ACAPULCO” for Chandelier Creative, June 2018

Private talk detailing the rise and fall of Acapulco as the premier jet set destination.

 

“THE THREE MUSES OF ITALY” for Chandelier Creative, April 2017

Fashion historian Laura Helms returned to our library for another look at modern culture through fashion, revisiting the histories of Italy’s three most-iconic fashion houses: Gucci, Pucci, Fendi.

 

“THE AGE OF DYNASTY: HOW A TV SHOW CHANGED THE GAME OF FASHION & RETAIL” for Chandelier Creative, September 2016

We have always been die-hard evangelists for the iconic 1980s TV show and its impact on fashion, economy, couture, and television, so we were delighted to have Dynasty expert Laura Helms come obsess with us for one of our most popular talks ever.

 
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"TIMELESS IN YOUR FINERY: FASHION AND MYSTERY IN THE COSTUMES OF STEVIE NICKS," Costume Society Study Day in London, October 2012

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"THE AGE OF DYNASTY: FASHION AND CONSUMERISM IN 1980S TELEVISION," Film & Media Conference in London, June 2012.

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"THE INTIMATE WORLD OF THEA PORTER COUTURE," Costume Society Study Day in London, October 2011.