Fashion, feminism and Fenwick: designer Edeline Lee hosts a series of talks

Authors Anne Sebba and Virginia Nicholson discuss Women Writing Women at the Bond Street store

Edeline Lee’s Women & Power talks at Fenwick launched alongside the arrival of her AW19 collection in stores
Edeline Lee’s Women & Power talks at Fenwick launched alongside the arrival of her AW19 collection in stores

“I design for the ‘Future Lady’ – a muse I invented to represent what dignity, grace, femininity and power look like on a woman of the contemporary world,” says fashion designer Edeline Lee. With a two-year stint at Zac Posen under her belt, the Canadian-born, London-based Lee launched her own label in 2016. Her ladylike autumn/winter 2019 collection was inspired by Mary Beard’s Women & Power, a feminist manifesto that tracks the underpinnings of patriarchy back to its ancient roots. 

Clarissa Farr, former head of St Paul’s Girls’ School, left, and campaigner Helena Morrissey speak in the first in the Fenwick series
Clarissa Farr, former head of St Paul’s Girls’ School, left, and campaigner Helena Morrissey speak in the first in the Fenwick series | Image: MR Wash
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On January 22, Lee will host the third in a series of talks at Fenwick of Bond Street which launched alongside the arrival of her a/w 2019 collection in stores. Taking the same name as Beard’s text, the events have featured prominent women from the worlds of art, science and technology. Next week’s instalment, Women Writing Women, will be headed up by writers Anne Sebba and Virginia Nicholson. Both have detailed the lives of notable women: Sebba wrote a biography of Wallis Simpson, while Nicholson’s latest non-fiction offering is How Was it for You? Women, Sex, Love and Power in the 1960s

Lee says she designs for “the ‘Future Lady’ – a muse I invented to represent what dignity, grace, femininity and power look like on a woman of the contemporary world”
Lee says she designs for “the ‘Future Lady’ – a muse I invented to represent what dignity, grace, femininity and power look like on a woman of the contemporary world” | Image: Benjamin Teitge
Lee’s ladylike AW19 collection was inspired by Mary Beard’s feminist manifesto Women & Power
Lee’s ladylike AW19 collection was inspired by Mary Beard’s feminist manifesto Women & Power | Image: Benjamin Teitge

Taking to the stage at forthcoming events will be Reni Eddo-Lodge – author of Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race – journalist Clarissa Ward, and Mary Beard.

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