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Horti:couture Conference

Horti:couture Conference

Saturday 9th October 2021 | 10am to 5pm BST
The London College of Garden Design’s Autumn Conference

From the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Cambridge Cottage
          • In-person and online tickets available
          • Extremely limited in-person places available

The former royal residence of the Duke of Cambridge, Cambridge Cottage is nestled in a quiet private corner of the Gardens.

          • LCGD Students and Graduates free of charge

For more details and to enrol for this conference please book via the link below.

For our 2021 Autumn Conference the London College of Garden Design explores the influence of plants, gardens and landscapes on fashion and the favour that fashion returns to our work as gardeners, horticulturists, and designers.

Join us on Saturday 9th October 2021 for a day focussed on the relationship between gardens and fashion with legendry and leading professional and academic speakers.

For centuries plants and gardens have clearly been influential on fashion sensibility. The fashion industry’s most lauded designers from Hardy Amies, Yves Saint Laurent and Christian Dior to Dries Van Noten, Vivienne Westwood and Raf Simons are known for recurrent themes around flora and gardens and the influence of their own gardens on their work.

But does it work both ways? Are garden designers influenced by fashion professionals?

The Conference will hear from leading fashion professionals and academics including Amy de la Haye, Professor of Dress History and Fashion Curation and joint Director of the Centre for Fashion Curation at London College of Fashion; Justine Picardie, a contributing editor to Harper’s Bazaar and author of the soon to be published Miss Dior: A Story of Courage and Couture and Hairdressing legend Sam McKnight in conversation with award-winning garden designer Jo Thompson.

During this conference, you will learn:

Conference attendees will discover the influence of plants and gardens on a much wider creative world than just landscape.

Our speakers who are writers, creatives and academics will explore how plants and gardens influence cultural elements such as dress and jewellery as well as fragrance and fashion.
You will discover the impact that our professional knowledge of the natural world and design can have on our clients in a much wider sense than purely gardens and through fashion, fragrance, and style in our everyday lives. And you will also hear how two fashion and garden design icons work together.


Amy de la Haye
Amy de la Haye is a curator and writer. She is Professor of Dress History and Fashion Curation and joint Director of the Centre for Fashion Curation at London College of Fashion. Her most recent project is the book (Yale, 2020) and exhibition staged at the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology called ‘Ravishing: The Rose in Fashion’.

Sam McKnight
Hairdressing legend Sam McKnight’s spectacular career spans nearly 50 years working in fashion. He’s worked with all the greats including A-list clients including Chanel, Fendi, Balmain, Burberry, Tom Ford and Vivienne Westwood. In addition to devising trend-leading hair looks for fashion shows and advertising campaigns, McKnight is a regular contributor to British and international Vogues, Vanity Fair, Harper’s Bazaar, i-D and Love, creating iconographic images with the world’s most pre-eminent photographers: Richard Avedon, Patrick Demarchelier, Nick Knight, Craig McDean, Mario Testino and Bruce Weber among many others. In addition, he’s on-call for a starry clientele including Uma Thurman, Cate Blanchett and Kate Moss, for personal appearances and red carpet events. But perhaps his most iconic client was the late Princess Diana, who he met on a shoot for British Vogue which led to him becoming her personal hair stylist for seven years.

Mairi Mackenzie
Mairi MacKenzie is Research Fellow in Fashion and Textiles at Glasgow School of Art and a visiting lecturer at Glasgow University. Her current research is concerned with the relationship between popular music and fashion and social histories of perfume. She is author of Dream Suits: the Wonderful World q§of Nudie Cohn (Lannoo 2011), Isms: Understanding fashion (A&C Black 2009), and Perfume and Fantasy: Scent in Popular Culture and Everyday Life (Bloomsbury, forthcoming).

Geoffrey Munn
Geoffrey Munn OBE, MVO is a jewellery specialist, television presenter, writer and historian. He has published a number of books on precious metalwork and has also contributed to the specialist press on the subject of Nicholas Hilliard, J.M.W. Turner, Dante Gabriel Rossetti and Edward Lear. Geoffrey is a Fellow of both the Linnean Society and the Society of Antiquaries.

Justine Picardie
Justine Picardie is a contributing editor to Harper’s Bazaar, having previously been editor-in-chief. She was formerly a journalist for the Sunday Times, a columnist for the Telegraph, editor of the Observer Magazine and features director of Vogue. She is the author of five books, including the critically-acclaimed memoir If the Spirit Moves You: Life and Love After Death, the bestselling Coco Chanel: The Legend and the Life, and the recently published Miss Dior: A Story of Courage and Couture.
Photo credit: Oliver Holms

Jo Thompson
Jo Thompson is recognised as one of the UK’s leading designers and plantswomen. She has been the recipient of four Gold and five Silver Gilt medals at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, and in 2017 she won the People’s Choice award at the first RHS Chatsworth Flower Show. Jo is a member of the RHS Gardens Committee and Garden Advisor for RHS Rosemoor, an RHS judge, as well as being a member of the RHS Show Gardens Selection Panel. She lectures both nationally and internationally and is a visiting tutor at the London College of Garden Design.

Chairman – Andrew Fisher Tomlin
Andrew Fisher Tomlin is well known for the creation of gardens and landscapes worldwide. He is Founding Director of the London College of Garden Design based in the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew and is the course leader for their unique Planting Design Diploma which attracts students from all over the world. He is also a Director of its partner College at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Melbourne and lectures widely. Andrew is a Fellow of both the Chartered Institute of Horticulture and The Society of Garden Designers, and he is also a Chartered Horticulturist.

10.00 am – Introduction – Andrew Fisher Tomlin
10.15 am – Amy de la Haye
11.15 am – Justine Picardie
12.15 am – Short coffee break
12.30 pm – Sam McKnight and Jo Thompson in conversation
1.30 pm – Lunch break
2.30 pm – Mairi Mackenzie
3.30 pm – Geoffrey Munn
4.30 pm – Summary – Andrew Fisher Tomlin
5:00 pm – Finish

• The conference will be streamed online on Saturday 9th October 2021 from 10am to 5.00pm.
• There are very limited in-person places available at Kew Gardens.
• The conference will also be recorded and available in other time zones if you are unable to attend the live conference.

Online tickets £59
You will receive an access link and code to watch the conference live on Saturday 9th October 2021 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.

In person tickets £249
Held in the former royal residence of the Duke of Cambridge, Cambridge Cottage is nestled in a quiet, private corner of Kew Gardens.
Cambridge Cottage tickets are limited to just 10 places on a first come, first served basis. Tickets include refreshments on arrival, individual lunch, and a gift to include signed copies of “Ravishing: The Rose in Fashion” and “Miss Dior” at the end of the day.

All proceeds from these tickets will be donated to Global Gardens of Peace. For more information, please visit

Catch-up tickets £59
The conference will be available as an edited recording after the event. You will receive a link and access code to watch the conference at your convenience.

LCGD Students and Graduates online tickets, free of charge.
Please contact the Administration Office to receive your access link and code.

For more details and to enrol for this conference please book via the link below.

Phone: +44 (0)1483 762955