Port Eliot Festival 2014
Port Eliot Festival is back baby! After a year’s sabbatical the creative cool weekend of music, books, films, ideas, fashion, food, wild swimming and spontaneous happenings is almost here.
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Festival lovers, foodies, books, fashion
St Germans, Saltash, Cornwall
From 24th – 27th July Port Eliot estate in St Germans will be over-run with the cream of the creative crop from all around. With a stunning line-up (and surprise speakers and drop-ins to be expected) I am already packing my camping gear and getting ready to pour over the festival programme.
As well as ‘Caught by the River’ – where I met Caitlin Moran – all time hilarious lady hero – one of my favourite haunts of the festival is the ‘Wardrobe Dept’.
Letting loose with creative experiments: inside the walled garden Sarah Mower, the British Fashion Council’s Ambassador for Emerging Talent, assembles an unthinkably glorious and gifted group of Britain’s foremost designers, to create clothes, accessories and make up for the Port Eliot audience.
Luella Bartley will be there along with Simone Rocha, Stephen Jones, Dominic Jones and Barbara Hulanicki. A few highlights are:
Penelope Tree: The indelible Vogue model of the late Sixties had her life changed forever at the age of 16 by the dress she wore to Truman Capote’s Black and White Ball in New York in 1966. How did she choose that daring Betsy Johnson piece? How did people react, and what does she think of what happened to her afterwards?
Suzy Menkes: The legendary fashion journalist comes to Port Eliot to talk over one of the dresses she has saved over decades – a treasured Zandra Rhodes – when she bought it, why she loved it, where she wore it and how it’s taking on a second life in her family today.
Jade Parfitt: Finding herself modelling in Alexander McQueen’s incendiary show, Jade Parfitt took part in some of the most extraordinary theatrics of fashion in the nineties. She remembers the experience of working with McQueen through a treasured dress he gave her.
What are you looking forward to??
Tickets and full festival info: @PortEliotFest
Day tickets: Starting at £40 for adults, available online in advance from www.porteliotfestival.com